Historic hall is put up for sale

A CHURCH hall where Londonderry unionists signed the Ulster Covenant pledging opposition to Home Rule in 1912 is being sold with an asking price of £275,000.

Craig Memorial Hall at the corner of Francis Street and Infirmary Road was built in 1878. It became a place of historical significance thirty-four years later on September 28, 1912, when local Protestants joined almost half-a-million of their fellow citizens and signed the Ulster Covenant.

They signed the solemn declaration at the behest of Irish unionist icon of the day Edward Carson "being convinced (in their consciences) that Home Rule would be disastrous to the material well-being of Ulster as well as of the whole of Ireland."

Now Craig's Memorial Hall is up for sale. Estate Agents and Valuers Robert Ferris are accepting offers of over 275,000 for the building which its says is in a prime location near to Londonderry city centre.

The unit is well-preserved, 1440 square feet in size and suitable as an office, meeting room or playgroup, the letting agent states.

It also has a kitchen, toliet facilities and a large basement. Viewing can be arranged through appointment by contacting Robert Ferris Estate Agents on 71342444.