The Star Factory was built in 1899 for the Messrs.Bayer Company who were shirt makers and was designed by Daniel Convoy. In the early 1900’s Derry was the principal seat of the shirt industry in the British Isles and exported it’s products throughout the world.and employed more workers in the city than the all of the other industries put together. By 1926, Derry’s whose population at the time was 45,000, had 44 shirt factories employing 8,000 full time workers and thousands more in cottage type industries. The workers were mainly women and girls who worked 51 hours per week and exported these products throughout the world. The Star Factory was built in 1899 and is a fine example of Victorian industrial architecture. After the Great Depression of 1929, followed by World War 2 and cheap imports from the far east started a terminal decline in the industry.

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