St Augustine's Church On The Walls by Fara
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St Columb (St Columba, St Colmcille ) was born c 522 AD at Gartan, Co Donegal, came to Derry in 546 AD and founded a monastery in the area on the side of the hill of Derry where St Augustine’s Church now stands. St Columb had been a student of St Mobhi at Glasnevin, Dublin and he came back to Daire Calgach (the ancient Irish name for the area) when his cousin offered him land to build a church. At the time the area was covered with oak trees from which Derry gets its name i.e. Doire, the grove of the oaks. After he left Derry in 563 AD for the Scottish island of Iona he only returned to Ireland once in 575 AD to attend the Convention of Drumceatt which was held near Limavady, about 15 miles (24Km) from Derry. Tradition is that he died on 9th June, 597 AD and that day is still celebrated in the City of Londonderry. Over the centuries the site was raided many times and some recorded dates are:
1059 AD – " the old abbey erected in 546 AD, consumed by fire"
1136 AD – " the Abbey and all the town consumed by fire "
1397 AD – The records of the pastoral visit of Archbishop Colton show that he was lodged with the Augustinian Canons (the monastery had been taken over by the Augustinian Order on the decline of the Columban Order). They also give an insight into the daily running of the monastery.Little more is known until 1600. Queen Elizabeth I sent an army under the control of Sir Henry Docwra to settle Derry in May of 1600. A map made seven months later in December 1600 gives a good idea of the layout of the old settlement around which Docwra founded a new city. Sir Henry Docwra records in his narration that a hospital and lodgings were made amongst the ruins of the old abbey and he and his people used the old church for worship.By 1633 the new cathedral church had been built and the congregation moved from " The Wee church " and it is believed that it was then used by the Presbyterian people during the great seige of 1689. During the seige many buildings were damaged by cannon balls and mortar shells. One such shell landed in the graveyard of the church raising five corpses, one of which was blown over the City wall. It is recorded that they were reinterred by gentlemen of the City.The old building survived until the 1760’s when the then Bishop of Derry, Doctor William Barnard had it rebuilt. At this time it appears that the title " Chapel of Ease " came into use.Bishop Barnard’s church continued in use until 1871, when it was deemed to be unsafe and with the consent of the congregation and the Chaplain, the Rev Thomas Lucas Scott, it was rebuilt in its present form.The new church was consecrated on 11th June 1872 by Bishop Alexander as St Augustine’s Church and is still in regular use.
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  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...about 3 years ago

    Very nice view of this church’s entrance way along with a fascinating piece of history. I love the way the wooden door is designed in a very traditional way along with the little lamp above it guiding the way. The stone wrok is also fascinating. The flowering tree in the foreground makes for an interesting component of the entire image. Love churches like that…. ahhhhh… too many churches…. too little time…… Nice picture Joyce. Keep’em coming my friend….. Hany

  • Thank you so much Hany……………….it was the graveyard of this old church that featured in my snow captures……………..I need to send you mail message with book details and things and I am so busy at the moment I don’t know where to begin………………it is very cold here, not Canada cold but enough to make me want to crawl into bed with a book and get up energised later…………however I will get around to all of that and I know that you understand………………chat later…………………Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured Joyce – Love it !
    great info too ..

  • Thanks a million Gail…………………seasons greetings from Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful Joyce!!, I think Hany said it all…love the old wooden doorway and hinges, makes a for a great talking point.

  • Thank you my dear Kate……………it is a lovely old church in a marvellous setting…………..I wish I had more time to spend on RB at the moment but I am quite busy and it takes so long to get from A to B with all the traffic and queues in shops………..nightmare…………..however I will try to dip in and out whenever I get the chance…………………..have a great weekend my friend………………..Joyce………………..x

    – Fara

  • MartinJohnson
    MartinJohnsonabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Martin!!

    – Fara

  • Marie Brown ©
    Marie Brown ©about 3 years ago


    16/12/2011

  • Many many thanks Marie………………….Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • Tracy Friesen
    Tracy Friesenabout 3 years ago

    Lovely capture! What a gorgeous door.

  • Many thanks Tracy…………………..Joyce!!

    – Fara

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous capture

  • Many thanks dear Anna……………………………..xx

    – Fara

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 3 years ago

    great work joyce, love that door and the overall colours. what are your plans for xmas in ireland ?

  • Thank you Dean……………..my son arrives tomorrow for my birthday on Monday…………42 again………….just a year older than my son…………….lol………..birthday celebrations of the low key variety…………quiet dinner in a lovely restaurant in Donegal if the weather permits…………..family Christmas at home with my other son, my daughter-in-law and my adorable granddaughters Farrah ‘7’ and Jasmine ‘5’………too much food and too much chocolate and time to remember some precious friends who sadly died at this time 5 years ago……………..but life it good Dean……………oh and I know I am getting a gorgeous book on some of the worlds most desirable and must see destinations…………..give me books and music and I am happy………………….you have a wonderful time and I thank you for all your lovely encouragement and beautiful photographs which you have shared……………..have one on me………………….love and peace from Joyce in Ireland……………….x

    – Fara

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 3 years ago

    thats cool joyce, sounds like you will have a great time ! i also thank you for looking at my pics and im glad you have enjoyed them ! love and peace from the other side of the world !

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 3 years ago

    Love your photo and I love your hat my friend!!!! as you know…I love hats!!! fav… here

  • I think I might start putting up photos of my hats……………it would take me ages though……………….lol………..I buy hats wherever I go…………….this one is from San Gimignano……….cream and white linen………….I love it…………………many thanks again my dear Lorraine……………..Joyce!!

    – Fara

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