The Historic Walls of Derry are the largest ancient monument in state care in Northern Ireland. 2013 is the start of their 400th anniversary, as on 24th June 1613 their construction was commissioned and in August 1613 the representatives from the City of London, Alderman George Smithes, Alderman and Mathias Springham, Merchant Taylor, along with ten experienced officers “viewed and trode out the ground at the Derry for the fortification there.” Derry hosted the first ever UK City of Culture programme in 2013. It is appropriate that the City Walls and their quatercentenary become a focus of the Culture Year programme. All activities undertaken through the quatercentennial years of 2013-19 will be branded under Walls400.
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