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Where: N Ireland, Derry City and Strabane, UK

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A peeler without a cap badge, the Guild Hall with works going on outside and men standing about gossiping like auld wans - what's going on here now? Derry's Guild Hall, that iconic building that has featured so much in recent years as seen from the quays. That peeler has a fine, well groomed beard which probably tells us that he is a senior man who knows all there is to be known about what is actually going on?

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_IMP_2057

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 29/Aug/2023 07:20:44

    13:16 or 13:17 ? ... That is the question!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 29/Aug/2023 07:28:23

    What happened next ? At 13:20, a few minutes later - oddly enough, someone has painted in an extra clock to the left tower. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000328272

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 29/Aug/2023 07:33:19

    ... which might be a clue as to how new the 1887? building is. No main clock yet.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 29/Aug/2023 07:37:27

    Well I never! These have painted in clocks too - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334873 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000334876 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000328274

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Aug/2023 07:59:30

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Brilliant, I bet photoshopping was invented before the first 1,000 photos were taken.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2023 08:17:18

    On a previous visit to Derry, we learned from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryward] that the guildhall opened in 1890 and clock was installed in 1891: Down from the Diamond

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2023 08:19:23

    That policeman has a very full beard - mustaches are more common in NLI photos?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2023 08:32:16

    Aha! L_IMP_2056 (guildhall with photoshopped clock) next door has posters! I see Thursday 3rd July, matches 1890. Also a Thursday 17th July, likewise. There is a June poster which has been papered over.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2023 08:54:17

    Wikipedia also has an image of the plaque commemorating the opening on the 31st July 1890 (which was also a Thursday). I think these pics show the finishing touches being applied in July before the official opening.

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Aug/2023 09:53:45

    I can make out "Londonderry Port and Harbour Acts" and "Goods and Merchandise" on the big sign to the left of the open door. The said act became law in 1854, so not much use date wise.

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    John Spooner

    • 29/Aug/2023 10:12:31

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia The funding of the clock was a contentious subject, as the Londonderry Sentinel reported on 2nd January 1890. The clock and organ were being funded by voluntary subscription (crowdfunded) but Councillor Pollock was of the opinion that the clock should be paid for from public funds.

    The general opinion seems to be that the clock, being almost necessary an equipment of the Hall as chairs tables or carpets, ought to provided exclusively the Corporation, without any outside assistance. This would allow the voluntary effort to be entirely concentrated on the organ.' The impounded .£3OO of civic salary, which was to be divided between the clock and the organ, might be given over in full to the Organ Fund. If that were done both objects might easily be attained, but if the clock and the organ are to be dependent on private subscriptions it is much to be feared they will never be realised. We see reason why the public should be asked to subscribe a penny towards the clock, which is simply a part of the necessary furnishing of the Hall. If the bells are obstacle they can be omitted until the corporate funds are there to provide them

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    suckindeesel

    • 29/Aug/2023 10:34:15

    Lawrence calls it “Derry”, but all the posters call it “Londonderry”. Was there an agenda here?

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    suckindeesel

    • 29/Aug/2023 10:41:33

    Google Earth Link earth.app.goo.gl/egpe98 #googleearth A lot more greenery nowadays

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 29/Aug/2023 12:37:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Niall, will I go with "Late July 1890"?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 29/Aug/2023 14:20:06

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I think July 1890 is accurate, if less precise.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 29/Aug/2023 23:36:49

    He's out standing in his field?