The first is looking up Shipquay Street from the walls near the Guildhall - from Shipquay Gate to be precise.
|Shipquay Street, Derry, 2015|
As you know (!), Derry originally had 4 main gates - Bishop's Gate, Ferryquay Gate, Shipquay Gate and Butcher Gate, all of which led to the Diamond. This is what Ferryquay Gate looked like on the day I was there:
|Ferry Quay Gate, Derry|
The Public Records Office for NI has minutes of the Derry Corporation (the organisation which managed the City) dating back to February 1673. This is quite some time ago - 80 years before the Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian calendar throughout the British Empire. You can see the minutes online, but they are hard to read, being written in script. The first minute book revels the concerns of the Corporation for the safety of the City - rightly so considering there were sieges in 1649 and 1689. Apparently the first meeting recorded details the payment of 20 shillings, quarterly, to a Mr Edward Cooper for keeping the locks and keys of the City Gates in good order.
So that was a very quick tour of Derry's Famous Walls - hope you enjoyed it!