There are several of these beautiful cherry trees in bloom in the graveyard of St Augustine’s Church on the famous walls in Derry/Londonderry.
This image was taken yesterday when the weather was quite good. Sadly the wind and the rain has returned today so the blossoms will probably not be there in a couple of days.
A neo-Gothic church of 1872. Built of whinstone with sandstone dressings, It is a very ancient church and is the site of St. Columba’s/Colmcille monastery, founded 546AD. In 1164 the ancient church was surrounded by a cashel and the new cathedral of Temple Mor was built outside the walls at the present site of Long Tower Chapel. From thenceforth, the little abbey on the site of St. Augustine’s Church was called Dubh Regles (Black Church). In 1613, the Church, then named the Church of God in the Cittie of Derry, was used by the first settlers from England, Wales and Scotland and the cannonball containing the terms for surrender during the Siege 1688/1689 fell in the church graveyard. The present building dates from 1872 and was concecrated by Bishop William Alexander, husband of the famous hymn writer, Frances Cecil Alexander.
There are many famous graves in the graveyard. St. Augustine’s has a history second to none and is a thriving, living church, with a faithful congregration. Our strapline reads: “We are a community whose hope is in Christ”.
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