Limavady Workhouse

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 Limavady                                                                                     The Pauper’s Graveyard
 Workhouse                                                                                    A long thin plot of land adjacent to the workhouse                       PERIOD
                                                                                              served as its third graveyard between 1841 and 1931.                     C19th/C20th
                                                                                              It was placed as far as possible from the main workhouse
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                                                                                              buildings for fear of cholera and other infectious diseases
                                                                                              spreading to the other inmates.                                          C6774 2299
                                                                                              Many of those buried in this plot were victims of the
                                                                                              Famine. A memorial plaque has been erected in the                        Rathbrady More
                                                                                              centre of the graveyard and each year holds a memorial                   ACCESS
                                                                                              service for those who died in the workhouse and                          Public access from
                                                                                              were buried here.                                                        Scroggy Road

Newtownlimavady Workhouse opened on 15th March 1842                 PERIOD
and admitted its first inmate on the same day.                      C19th/C20th
Workhouses were built all over Ireland in response to the Irish     GRID REFERENCE
Poor Law Act of 1838. The workhouse system aimed to force           C6765 2278
the lazy and idle into work, even when there was no work to be
found. Help was only given to people who entered the workhouse,
where conditions were deliberately hard so people were not          Rathbrady More
encouraged to stay.                                                 ACCESS
Irish workhouses were built to standard plans by architect
George Wilkinson, who had designed several English workhouses.
                                                                    Guided tours of the
                                                                    Workhouse are available   The Blind Fiddler
Limavady is one of the best preserved workhouses in Ireland         by appointment
and is a good example of a medium sized workhouse, designed                                   The most renowned resident of Limavady              This tune is recognised the world over
                                                                    Please telephone LCDI
to hold 600 inmates (though this almost doubled during the                                    Workhouse was Blind Jimmy McCurry, also             as The Londonderry Air.
height of the Famine).
                                                                    on (028) 7776 9160
                                                                                              known as ‘The Blind Fiddler from Myroe’.
                                                                                                                                                  Sadly, Jimmy’s health deteriorated and he
Limavady Workhouse closed its doors to the poor in 1930, and                                  Born in 1830, Jimmy often played his fiddle         spent his last days at Limavady Workhouse.
the last twenty healthy inmates were transferred to the Coleraine                             outside the Burns and Laird Shipping Offices        He was buried in an unmarked grave at
Workhouse. Thirty patients remained in the old Infirmary until                                in Limavady on market days. It is said that one     Tamlaghtfinlagan Parish Church, Ballykelly.
1932 while the workhouse was converted into a District Hospital.                              day in 1851, Jane Ross, who lived opposite
Roe Valley District Hospital opened in 1937 and continued to                                  the Shipping Offices heard Jimmy playing.           In 1910 an English lawyer by the name of
serve the local community until 1997.                                                         Taken by the haunting melody, Jane asked            Fred Weatherly put words to the tune that
                                                                                              him to play it over and over until she had          Jimmy McCurry had played for Jane Ross.
The building has now been restored by Limavady Community                                                                                          The song was called Danny Boy.
Development Initiative (LCDI). Visitors can see the original                                  written down every note.
gatehouse and one of the dormitories, and can access some                                                                                         Jimmy received one florin for his tune.
of the fascinating archive salvaged by LCDI.
                                                                                                                                                                                    LARGY SCHOOL                   DRUMSURN OLD CHAPEL                     CARNANBANE TOMB

                                                                                                                                                                                            C19th                                C18th                           4500-2500BC

                                                                                                                                                                                                              BALLYDONEGAN SWEATHOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                               LARGY POET’S HOUSE                                                       AUGHLISH STONE CIRCLE

                                                                                                                                                                                             C19th                                                                    2500BC

                                                                 T: (028) 7034 7234
                                                                 MUSEUM SERVICE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DRUMCOVITT HOUSE
                                                                                                                                                                       LARGY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH                                                    BROIGHTER HOARD FIND SPOT
                                                                                                                                                                                            C19th                                                                      C1stBC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TANNYRANNY CHURCH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 C18th                DRUMCEATT ASSEMBLY SITE
                                                                                                                                                                               LIMAVADY JUNCTION                                                                                 C1st
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THE RHELLICK, KILLEEN

                                                                                                                                For more information please contact:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    C19th                          BLACK FORT

                                                                                                                                                                       DRUMSURN RAILWAY STATION                                                                     C5th/C12th

                                                                                                                                                                                          C19th                            LARGY BRIDGE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  C19th                            WHITE FORT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Limavady’s Path

                                                                                                                                                                       MAGILLIGAN RAILWAY STATION

                                                                 T: (028) 7776 0307
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Through History

                                                                 LIMAVADY TOURIST
                                                                                                                                                                                            C19th                  LIMAVADY WORKHOUSE

                                                                 INFORMATION CENTRE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  KING’S FORT
                                                                                                                                                                        BELLARENA RAILWAY STATION                                                                  C5th/ C12th

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PAUPER’S GRAVEYARD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TANDRAGEE FORT
                                                                                                                                                                              OS MARK MAGILLIGAN                                                                   C5th/C12th
                                                                                                                                                                                                               BALLYKELLY OS BASE TOWER
                                                                                                                                                                                           C19th                                   C19th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ROUGH FORT
                                                                                                                                                                                                             MAGILLIGAN MARTELLO TOWER                              C5th/C12th
                                                                                                                                                                             OS MARK BENBRADAGH

                                 Photography by:
                                                                                                                                                                                           C19th                                  C19th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TAMNIARIN FORT

                                                                 Heritage Lottery Fund.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       SAMPSON’S TOWER                              C7th/C8th

                                                                                                                                                                          ST MATTHEW’S GRAVEYARD                                  C19th

                                 Tim Millen and Rachel Cassidy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BANAGHER OLD CHURCH


Designed by
                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOUGHERY’S SCUTCHING MILL                                C12th

                                                                                                                                                                               LARGY ORANGE HALL                                                            BOVEVAGH CHURCH
                                                                                                                                                                                           C20th                    KILHOYLE LIME WORKS                                C12th
                                                                                                                                                                                    LARGY PILLARS

                                                                 community outreach programme supported by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DUNGIVEN PRIORY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          GALVIN SCHOOL

                                                                 Limavady and Moyle. This project is part of a three year
                                                                 The Causeway Museum Service represents a partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                            C20th                                                                      C12th

                                                                 between the four local authorities of Coleraine, Ballymoney,
                                                                                                                                                                               AGHANLOO AIRFIELD                                                            ST AIDAN’S CHURCH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RITTER’S GENERATOR
                                                                                                                                                                                           WW2                                                                           C13th

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Below is a timeline showing Limavady

                                                                                                                                                                               BALLYKELLY AIRFIELD                         CARRICK MILLS                     DUNGIVEN CASTLE
                                                                                                                                                                                             WW2                                   C19th                          C17th/C19th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Heritage Trail sites in their historical context.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Those featured in this guide are highlighted.