Belfast from Irish Beal Feirste, meaning mouth of the sandbank is the capital city of Northern Ireland. In late Victorian times it was the fastest growing city in the British Isles, the largest city on the island of Ireland and the third city of in the British Empire. Many of the grand buildings of the old urban landscape have survived and many have been demolished or redeveloped in modern times. Belfast only had the status of City awarded in 1888. In 1800 the population of the town of Belfast was 20,000 and had grown in a frenetic manner to 330,000 by 1900.The citys expansion was fuelled by industrialisation such as shipbuilding, engineering, rope works, linen mills and whiskey distilling. Belfast City Through Time is an illustrated history that captures scenes of how Belfast has changed over the last 100 years or so. A journey around the city and its environs is contained within priceless old photographs and postcards of past times and then compared with modern images of how the location looks today.