St Augustine’s Church, Society Street. Derry City 1872
Derry is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Ireland. For thousands of years people have been living in the area. The site of this church is thought to be the original site of the first monastery founded by St Columba in 546 a. d. As the monastery was surrounded by a circular cashel a new site had to be chosen for a larger church. This came to be known as ‘Temple Mor’ – which is believed to be at the present site of the Long Tower Church. By 1613, the church here was used by the first settlers from England & Scotland and was then known as ‘The Church of God in the Cittie of Derry’. During the Siege of Derry in 1689, a cannonball containing the terms for surrender fell in the church graveyard. St Augustine’s was built in 1872 in a neo-Gothic building style to the designs of JG Ferguson and has many famous graves in the graveyard and is locally known as ‘The wee church on the walls’.