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S. Columb’s Cathedral. Londonderry Built 1633. A view of S. Columb’s Cathedral from outside the City Walls. The history of the Cathedral and the history of the City is very closely linked. To understand the history of the Cathedral we must also look at the history of the City.

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s columb s cathedral

S. Columb’s Cathedral

Londonderry

Built 1633

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A view of S. Columb’s Cathedral

from outside the City Walls

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The history of the Cathedral

and the history of the City

is very closely linked.

To understand the history

of the Cathedral

we must also look at the history

of the City.

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545 A.D. S. Columba founded Derry.
  • 563 A.D. S. Columba set out from Derry to Iona.
  • 783 A.D. The City burned by the Danes.
  • 1135 A.D. Derry and its Churches were burnt.
  • 1164 A.D. The Temple More (Great Church) was built.
  • 1197 A.D. MacEtig of Limavady robbed the Great Church.
  • 1198 A.D. John de Courcey plundered the Churches of Tyrone, Derry and Raphoe.
  • 1203 A.D. The City was burned.
  • 1222 A.D. Niall O’Neill plundered Derry.
  • 1250 A.D. The upper end of the Great Church fell.
  • 1568 A.D. The powder magazine exploded and ruined the City.
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1600 A.D. Sir Henry Docwra prepared for the rebuilding of the City.
  • 1604 A.D. King James I granted the first Charter of Derry, creating Docwra Provost for life, with twelve aldermen, two sheriffs, twenty-four burgesses,etc.
  • 1608 A.D. Sir Cahir O’Doherty burned the City and Culmore Fort.
  • 1613 A.D. King James I by Charter formed a new County, to be called the County of Londonderry.
  • 1619 A.D. The walls of the City were planned by Captain Panton and ten other captains.
  • 1628 A.D. The building of S. Columb’s Cathedral commenced.
  • 1633 A.D. The Cathedral was completed.
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1638 A.D. King Charles I gave five Bells to Londonderry.
  • 1641 A.D. The Rebellion of this year brought many refugees to the City.
  • 1644 A.D. The Solemn League and Covenant was signed in the Cathedral.
  • 1649 A.D. The City was besieged for 20 weeks by Royalist forces.
  • 1660-1 A.D. On the restoration of King Charles II, the Bishop and the Dean came to Derry, they were installed on March 15.
  • 1688 A.D. December 7. The Gates of Derry were closed in the face of King James II’s soldiers.
  • 1689 A.D. August 1. King James’ army retreated towards Dublin, burning the churches and houses everywhere, as they passed.
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1718 A.D. August 1. Colonel Mitchelburn’s Crimson Flag hoisted for the first time on the Cathedral.
  • 1803 A.D. The colours of the Londonderry Regiment, dedicated in the Cathedral.
  • 1833 A.D. The present Deanery was built.
  • 1855-61 A.D. Extensive alterations and improvements to the Cathedral were effected.
  • 1867 A.D. The graveyard closed for burials.
  • 1887 A.D. The Chancel was added to the Cathedral.
  • 1891 A.D. The Cathedral Schools (London Street) was built.
  • 1896 A.D. The Bishop Street School was built.
  • 1910 A.D. The Chapter House and Choir Vestry, gifts of Mrs Corscaden dedicated November 25.
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1922 A.D. The Colours of the 2nd Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers laid up. The colours of the 5th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were presented to the Cathedral.
  • 1926 A.D. The Colours of the 8th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers laid up.
  • 1932 A.D. The eight noble “War Memorial Volumes”, presented to the cathedral by Sir John Arnott and the proprietors of the “Irish Times”
  • 1933 A.D. The Memorial Tablet commemorating Colonel Baker and Captain Browning was unveiled.
  • 1962 A.D. A memorial to the men of 9th (Londonderry) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery was dedicated
  • 1968 A.D Flag of the 10th Inniskilling Old Comrades Association laid up in the Cathedral.
my journey through the history of the cathedral and the city ends in 1968

My journey through the history of the Cathedral and the City ends in 1968.

1968 also saw the start of grave civil unrest in Londonderry.

History repeating itself, perhaps.

this presentation was just a collection of interesting facts about the cathedral and the city

This presentation was just a collection of interesting facts about the Cathedral and the City.

If you wish to learn more about the Cathedral please visit the Official Site.

Http://www.stcolumbscathedral.org