Sunday, 22 February 2015
The Connswater Bridge is located on Newtownards Road, Belfast, adjacent to East Bread Street.
The famed Belfast Ropework Company used to be here; as did Inglis's bakery.
Incidentally, the Belfast Ropeworks was the world's largest manufacturer of rope and twine.
The Connswater Bridge has a bronze plaque on one side adorning the Belfast coat-of-arms.
The Ropeworks side, at East Bread Street (and McDonald's restaurant), however, has a different metal shield (above).
It represents Industria or Industry.
The ship is evocative of Belfast's maritime status and interests.
A sheaf of corn or wheat in the middle represents Baking.
At the top we have two spinning-wheels, a clear reference to the ropeworks.