• LOCATION 36 | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

    City Factory Building

    City Factory Building on Derry / Londonderry audio tour Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City

    Turn right once you reach Queen Street and continue down the pavement on the right side.

    As you walk you will notice on the left the corner a large red brick building that comes out onto the street and the nearby Patrick Street. That was previously one of the large shirt factories in the city, namely the City Factory. I should mention that at one time in the late 1800's and early 1900's the city had over 40 shirt factories with over 18,000 people, mainly women employed in them. At times of high unemployment for men, many women were the sole breadwinners for the working class families of the city. Unfortunately due to clothing manufacture being re-located to the cheaper labour economies of Asia in the 1970s, the shirt factory industry has virtually ended in the city. However, it is good to see that the old City Factory Building is being used as an incubation centre for new business start ups and in particular IT. Some companies based here, such as Learning Pool, have grown substantially and are now regarded as world leaders in their field.

    Keep walking and I'll meet you at the end of Queen Street and the junction with Great James Street.

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Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City