Londonderry Golden Teapot: 40-year-old mystery solved

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One of the great Londonderry landmarks has made a re-appearance after almost 40 years.

The Golden Teapot, which originally hung outside McCullagh's grocery and tea importers in Waterloo Place, has been in storage since 1974.

On Sunday it was re-erected outside Faller's Jewellers on the Strand Road.

Norman Hamill has been researching a book on the Golden Teapot and said it is one of only two of a kind in the world.

"The only other one in the world is in Boston and that commemorates the Boston Tea Party, but the one in Derry is 10 years older.

"It used to hang around the corner in Waterloo Place.

"It first appeared there in September 1866 outside a grocer's shop owned by a Mr John Parkhill.

"It stayed there under various ownership until 1963 when McCullagh's closed to make way for a new savings bank.

"Then it moved across the river to another branch of McCullagh's at Clooney Terrace and was taken down from there in 1970.

"Noel Faller purchased the teapot from Mrs McCullagh in 1974 and it is great that a 43 year old mystery has now been solved."

The teapot was restored before being put back on display.

"It is actually made of copper, reinforced on the inside with fibreglass," said Mr Hamill.

"There were actually bullet holes in it because it was damaged in the 1920s in the terrible trouble there was in Derry at the time of partition."