County Londonderry  Ireland

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In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described County Londonderry like this:

Londonderry.-- a maritime co., Ulster province; bounded N. by Lough Foyle and the Atlantic Ocean, E. by co. Antrim and Lough Neagh, S. by co. Tyrone, and W. by co. Donegal; greatest length, N. and S., 40 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 35 miles; average breadth, 20 miles; coast-line, about 30 miles; area, 522,315 ac. ...

(9480 water), or 25 per cent, of the total area of Ireland; pop. 164,991, of whom 444 per cent, are Roman Catholics, 191 Protestant Episcopalians, 332 Presbyterians, and 09 Methodists. The surface is low along the N. and E. for a width of about 6 miles, hilly in the middle, and mountainous in the S., where the highest summit, Sawel, rises to an alt. of 2236 ft. The rivers from W. to E. are - Foyle, Faughan, Glen, Roe, Claudy, Moyola, and Bann, the last tracing nearly the whole of the E. boundary. The soil is for the most part fertile; the sub-strata consist of mica-slate, basalt, limestone, and sandstone. The chief crops are flax, oats, barley, and potatoes. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) The staple mfr. is linen. The fisheries on the coast and inland are important. About three-fourths of the whole county are owned by the Irish Society and the Twelve Trades' Companies of the City of London. The co. comprises 6 bars.- Coleraine, Keenaght, Loughinsholin, North-East Liberties of Coleraine, North-West Liberties of Londonderry, and Tirkeeran; 43 pars.; the parl. and mun. bor. of Londonderry (1 member), and the towns of Coleraine and Limavady. For parliamentary purposes the co. is divided into 2 divisions - viz., NorthDerry and South Derry - each returning 1 member.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of County Londonderry | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Ireland through Time.


Date accessed: 25th May 2024

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