City of Derry: An Historical Gazetteer to the Buildings of Londonderry


Daniel Calley

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2013, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society,                                                               Paperback, 484 pages

City of Derry. An Historical Gazetteer to the Buildings  of Londonderry, will make an important contribution to the enjoyment of all those visit and who live in the area. It is the latest in a long line of lists and gazetteers of buildings in various areas of Ulster.

The author of the gazetteer, Daniel Calley, writes: ‘The greatest inspiration for this volume is the city itself. Its many steep streets, usually with Foyle views, walls, mixture of styles and periods and use of native materials, notably the beautiful combination of schist and Dungiven sandstone create a unique setting of international importance. This precious legacy is a fragile one. Every time a building is demolishes, a plastic framed window inserted, a cast iron lamp–post cut from the ground, or a garden is built upon, a tiny unique thread is rent from the city’s fabric, forever lost.’

In all, this is a fascinating and often amusing tour of the social history and architecture of Derry/Londonderry which celebrates its status as the ‘City of Culture’ in 2013