Derry-Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
The first shot
On 13th April, 1689 the first shot of the siege was fired. Citizens on the walls spotted the vanguard of the Jacobite army approaching under Lieutenant General Richard Hamilton. To make his presence known, Hamilton fired a shot which hit Newgate Bastion. The defenders could not retaliate as they had not yet been issued with arms.
Goods to market
Markets were always a feature of life in the city which served a large agricultural area. Over the centuries there have been separate markets for meal, butter, fruit, fish, herring, meat, poultry, cows, pigs, horse, flax, yarn and linen. In the mid 19th century more than a million metres of material a year were bought and sold for export in the Linen Hall. The nearby Sir Edward Reid's Market was one of the first in Ireland to provide cover from the weather for shoppers.
'All kinds of everything'
Statues of Temperance, Erin and Vulcan look down from the top of St Columb's Hall. Opened in 1888 the 'palace of abstinence' was intended to keep working men away from the 'demon drink'. The 'Hall school' in the basement provided education for the children of dockers. The 'Hall' later adopted a more entertaining role. No Christmas was complete without a visit to its traditional panto. Dana, winner of the 1970 Eurovision Song
The Talkies come to town
The Millenium Forum, Northern Ireland's largest purpose-built theatre, opened in 2001. It was built across the street from the Rialto, one of the city's first cinemas. By 1934 the city had six cinemas including the Strand Picture House which could seat 1600 people. The city was just full of picture houses. Every day people would queue outside them to get in. We cheered them all, the baddies and the goodies!
Location. 54° 59.692′ N, 7° 19.171′ W. Marker is in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Touch for map. Marker is on Newgate Bastion, on the City Wall walking path, about 50 meters northeast of Ferryquay Street. Marker is in this post office area: Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 6EF, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Demi-culverin Cannon (here, next to this marker); The Walled City (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferryquay Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Newmarket Street (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ferryquay Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery Bastion (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Demi-culverin Cannon (about 120 meters away); Austins Department Store (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derry-Londonderry.
Also see . . .
1. History of Derry-Londonderry. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Siege of Derry, 1689. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Millenium Forum, Derry. (Submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.