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City of Derry and Maps
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Derry, or Londonderry as it is officially known, is a very historic city and one of only a few in Ireland whose city walls have survived the years of growth. It was founded around 1610 by settlers from London, although the ruins of an ancient Monastry had occupied the site previously. This monastry, founded by St Columba [Colmcille] in the mid 500's AD, is the earliest known use of the word Derry ('Doire', which in the language of the Celts meant 'A Grove of Oak Trees').

Over the years, Derry saw its share of violence. In 1689 it was beseiged by the Army of King James 1st for 105 days, and most of the buildings in the city were destroyed. Nevertheless, the city grew steadily and soon outgrew its city walls. A modern map of Derry [see below] shows just how big the city now is compared to the walls that once enclosed it. In 1790 the first bridge across the wide River Foyle was built and this led to the founding of what is now the Waterside area of the city on the east bank.

At the time of the Industrial Revolution, Derry became a railway and shipping centre, with many of the ships to the Americas leaving from the docks of the Foyle. This tradition is preserved in the state of New Hampshire, USA, where the cities of Derry and Londonderry were founded by ex-pats.

In 1921, Derry suddenly became a border city when the Irish Free State was founded. Today the Donegal border lies just 2km from the edge of the city - an excellent source of cheap fuel for the inhabitants! In recent years, Derry has grown steadily both in terms of industry and population. The Derry Local Government District had 95,371 inhabitants in 1991, compared to 83,381 in 1971. The city itself stood at 72,334 inhabitants in 1991, making it the fifth largest city in Ireland.

Street Map

Click on the thumbnail on the right to view a street map of Derry city [46kB]. This map is on the same scale as the Belfast street map which is also available on this web site. The map also includes a closeup of the historic City Walls area of the city. The roads are labelled with numbers, for which there is a key on the map. However, we have also supplied an alphabetical list of the marked roads and buildings which give the number to look for on the map. This index is given below.

Preview of Derry Map [8kB]

Religious Segregation

Click on the thumbnail on the right to see a map of Derry city coloured on religious lines [34kB]. Although Derry was originally an almost exclusively Protestant city, it has become increasingly Catholic over recent centuries. At the last (1991) census, the population of the Derry Local Government District was approximately 69% Catholic. When the first bridge over the wide river Foyle was opened, in 1790, it saw the formation of the Waterside area of the city. In time, the Protestants of Derry drifted over to the Waterside leaving the Cityside (as it is now known) almost entirely Catholic. Only a small area near the city walls, known as the Fountain, contains a community of Protestants. The Cityside itself has grown very quickly in the past 20 years, mainly in a northerly direction.  The Waterside, which has grown north-eastwards in size in an equally dramatic manner, has a very Protestant population. Only a small pocket near Craigavon Bridge has a significant Catholic majority, while mixed areas can be found around the edges of the Waterside. In recent years it has become more common to refer to the growing Waterside as a distinct town in its own right, rather than simply as part of Derry city. This has led to the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland marking 'Waterside' as a separate town east of Derry city on its latest maps. Note: one cannot state whether the walled city in Derry is Catholic or Protestant, as it is not a residential area.

Preview of Derry religious map [8kB]

 

Derry from Space
Compare to the maps above.

Derry from space [38kB]
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Index of streets and places marked on the Derry map.

55
24
H
A
80
14
3
77
8
53
36
17
5
57
16
33
71
79
48
38
58
64
C
32
27
43
60
23
D
78
68
29
72
35
44
9
54
F
46
56
S
42
Y
28
65
20
75
G
I
Abercorn Road
Aileach Road
Altnagelvin Hospital
Apprentice Boys' Hall
Ardmore Road
Artillery Street
Bank Place
Belt Road
Bishop Street Within
Bishop Street Without
Bligh's Lane
Buncrana Road
Butcher Street
Carlisle Road
Castle Street
Central Drive
Chapel Road
Church Brae
Circular Road
Clarendon Street
Clooney Road
Clooney Terrace
Craigavon Bridge
Creggan Heights
Creggan Road
Creggan Street
Crescent Link
Clumore Road
The Diamond
Drumahoe Road
Duke Street
Duncreggan Road
Dungiven Road
Eastway
Fahan Street
Ferryquay Street
The Fountain
Foyle Bridge
Foyle Embankment
Foyle Road
Foyleside Shopping Centre
Francis Street
'Free Derry' Corner
Glen Road
Glendermott Road
Glengalliagh Road
Glenshane Road
Gransha Hospital
Guild Hall
18
37
49
74
67
62
31
51
52
61
10
15
50
19
1
6
12
E
21
11
25
47
13
39
22
R
66
45
4
70
7
69
59
26
N
L
T
73
30
D
54
M
76
2
U
63
41
34
40
Heather Road
Infirmary Road
Iniscarn Road
Irish Street
Kilfennan Link Road
King Street
Lawrence Hill
Lecky Road
Letterkenny Road
Limavady Road
Linenhall Street
London Street
Lone Moor Road
Madam's Bank Road
Magazine Street
Magazine Street Upper
Market Street
Millennium Centre
Moss Road
Newmarket Street
Northland Road
Orchard Street
Pump Street
Queen's Quay
Racecourse Road
Richmond Shopping Centre
Rossdowney Road
Rossville Street
Shipquay Street
Simpson's Brae
Society Street
Spencer Road
Sperrin Park
Springtown Road
St Augustine's Church
St Columb's Cathedral
St Columb's Park
Strabane Old Road
Strand Road
The Diamond
The Fountain
Tower Museum
Trench Road
Union Hall Place
University of Ulster, Magee
Waterside Link
Westland Street
Westway
William Street