The Oldest Murals

1. The Bobby Jackson mural of the Siege Of Derry and King William Crossing The Boyne dates back to the nineteen twenties (Loftus 1983 gives 1926) or forties (Woods 1995 gives the 1940s). The mural (in the (PUL) Fountain area of Londonderry) was touched up annually and the wall itself was moved in the 1970s. The wall was eventually destroyed in 1995 and a new, similar, mural painted. This new mural is maintained by Bobby Jackson Jr, on boards and only on public display during marching season in the Fountain, Londonderry. (For images, see the Jackson murals’ own Visual History page.)

2. The King Billy in Rockland Street (in the Village (PUL)) dates back to the nineteen thirties (Loftus 1983 gives “approximately 1932 … by a man named Johnston from nearby Roden Street”) and survived until 1989 (at least). The (unattributed and undated) image below is perhaps of a version painted in 1969:

(M00800) Loftus 1983 includes an image of the prior version.

For a 1984 image, see C00421.

The image below is from 1989:

The (unattributed) image below is from 1991:

3. Free Derry Corner (CNR) was first painted in 1969 and has been in constant use since then, despite the house it was attached to being knocked down.
Both Free Derry Corner and the rear of Free Derry Corner (first painted in 1983) have their own Visual History pages.
Free Derry Corner in 1972.
M00075 Rossville St 1972+.jpg

4. The top candidate for the longest-lasting mural without repainting is in Anne Street in Derry’s Brandywell (CNR). It was painted in 1981 or 1982 and is in surprisingly good shape given that it has not been touched in 35+ years. (Google Maps link)

In 1981/1982:(M00192)

In 2004:

5. Also almost exactly in its original form – though repainted – is the phoenix in Clowney Street, Belfast (CNR). It was first painted in 1981 and has been touched up in 1987 and 1990 and repainted in 2013.

In 1981:

In 1987, with Vote Adams posters:

In 1990, being touched up”

In 2009, in poor condition:

In 2013:

“PUL” – Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist
“CNR” – Catholic/Nationalist/Republican