Northern Counties Hotel, Derry City, Co. Derry

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Up to that jewel of the north today with the Lawrence Collection and a visit to the beautiful city on the Foyle. Derry is worth a visit in any weather but now, in the sunshine, it is just so beautiful. While you are staying there the Northern Counties Hotel was an option at the beginning of the last century but is it still in business or even still standing?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_00599

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Aug/2019 07:59:47

    The building still stands: Streetview Archiseek mentions the following: The Hotel was badly damaged by several bombs during The Troubles and much of the exterior ornamental detail and an ornamental porch was lost. A new modern extension to the rear was constructed. This project which received substantial conservation funding involved a total refurbishment and extension to a Grade B1 listed building.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Aug/2019 08:01:56

    The Derry Journal has a bit more info on the history of the building and the renovation, including the following snippet: "With its porte-cochre (carriage porch) and colonnaded faade, it was very much an up-market hotel and it is reported that Amelia Earhart stayed there during her historic record-breaking visit to Derry in the early 1930s."

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    abandoned railways

    • 01/Aug/2019 08:11:47

    Horse drawn trams operated from 1897 until 1919, never electrified.

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    abandoned railways

    • 01/Aug/2019 08:14:27

    faller.com/jewellery-collections/golden-teapot/teapot-his... Faller the Jewellers, giant teapot

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Aug/2019 08:19:50

    Here is the hotel in the 1911 census.

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    abandoned railways

    • 01/Aug/2019 08:37:21

    Hibernian Bank at the corner of Castle Street and Shipquay Street, built 1896.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Aug/2019 08:44:43

    The DIA states that the hotel was built for Mrs. Gibson in 1898. However in 1901, Mary Gibson is still in Magazine St.. The Street Directory from 1901 has her as proprietor of the Northern Hotel. Magazine St.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Aug/2019 08:46:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/abandonedrailsireland Isn't it "Northern Counties" rather than "Southern Counties" on the porte-cochère?

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    Carol Maddock

    • 01/Aug/2019 09:20:16

    A story wafting down a draughty corridor of the Northern Counties Hotel in the Freeman's Journal on Thursday, 13 January 1910...

    POSING AS A PRIEST HARD LABOUR FOR AN AMERICAN Derry, Wednesday At the Derry City Sessions to-day, before Judge Overend and a jury, William A. E. Richardson, said to be an American, pleaded guilty to the charge of obtaining board and lodging at the Northern Counties Hotel here under false pretences. He occupied rooms in the hotel, registered as a Catholic priest, and boarded for a week. It was discovered he was not a priest, but had on a former occasion been connected with an Evangelistic Mission at Waterside, where he had worked as a labourer. He was sentenced to three months' hard labour, with a suggestion for alien expulsion.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Aug/2019 10:08:22

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2010 via https://www.flickr.com/photos/jameswhorriskey/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jameswhorriskey/4531989154/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Aug/2019 11:16:34

    Interested to see from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet]'s archiseek link (see above) that the hotel was designed by an Australian ... "Designed by Alfred Arthur Forman who was a widely travelled architect originally from Australia. From 1883 to 1887 he was articled to the Melbourne architect William Pitt and in 1890 he opened his own office in Melbourne. From 1894 to 1906 he worked around the world – South Africa, the United States, England, and Scotland but spending the longest period in Northern Ireland, where he had arrived by 1897. He worked in Derry for about five years. Forman appears to have left Derry for Canada in the winter of 1905-6 and to have returned to Melbourne by March 1906. The last twenty years or so of his architectural career were spent in Sydney." Forman also built an unusual and elaborate Methodist Church in Belfast - archiseek.com/2017/1898-methodist-church-ballynafeigh-bel... The NLI is always amazing - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000320542

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    sharon.corbet

    • 01/Aug/2019 11:32:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] There's a bit more about him at the DIA.

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    abandoned railways

    • 01/Aug/2019 16:37:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet ta, edited.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 01/Aug/2019 21:50:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Thanks! Born on a ship near Yokohama ...