Derry-Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
The Walled City
If 'stones could speak', what a story they would have to tell. Their voices still echo on the walls and in the city streets.
According to tradition St. Colm Cille chose the oak grove on top of the hill for his monastery in 546 AD. His community became a beacon of light and learning throughout Europe. Around it grew a settlement with a stronghold, cathedral and port.
In 1610 the City of London Companies agreed to build a new city on the Foyle in return for land in King James I's new plantation. Their legacy is Ireland's most complete town walls with their 'roaring cannon' and the first post-Reformation cathedral in the British Isles. The accents of Planter and Gael still shape the city's culture and traditions.
The fertile banks of the Foyle have been disputed territory since prehistoric times. The city withstood two sieges, each of over a hundred days. In 1689 it was caught up in the struggle between James II and William III for the English throne. By the time the siege was reli[e]ved, the citizens were starving but their indomitable spirit remained unbroken.
In succeeding centuries the city prospered, expanding beyond the walls and across the river. Industries like shirt making and whisky distilling flourished while the port became a leading centre of international trade. From the
The city played its part in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and experienced its share of conflict and tragedy during the Troubles. By 1980 a third of the buildings within the walls had been damaged or destroyed. Yet the people's spirit was undefeated, expressed in a burst of creativity from poetry to punk.
With the return of peace, the city reinvented itself again as a regional city, University campus, a fusion of Irish and British culture and an international tourist destination.
The city is still making history today. Experience it.
Location. 54° 59.828′ N, 7° 19.197′ W. Marker is in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Marker is at the intersection of Shipquay Street and Guildhall Square, on the right when traveling west on Shipquay Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the Shipquay Gate of the City Wall. Marker is in this post office area: Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 6LU, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. ... Free, entire and perfect (here, next to this marker); Guildhall Square (here, next to this marker); War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Shipquay Gate (here, next to this marker); Demi-culverin Cannon (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Demi-culverin Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Michael Browning (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Guildhall Square (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derry-Londonderry.
Also see . . .
1. Derry's Walls. (Submitted on December 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Historic Walls of Derry. (Submitted on December 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Derry City Walls. (Submitted on December 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. History of Derry, Northern Ireland. (Submitted on December 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.