Ref: K003

Bodenstown

 
Townland: Bodenstown Parish: Bodenstown
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 289113(E), 224753(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): Ref. B14-02 (medieval church and graveyard) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD014-041002-graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with rough crenelations. 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 50-70 mature trees mostly lining E, W and S boundaries and 5-10 young trees dispersed throughout; boundary walls, church ruins and some gravestones overgrown with ivy and briars; mown grass covers the entire area except for the paths and church ruins; lichens visible on most headstones.
 
Description: The site is located in a rural setting. The church and graveyard are marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The church is referred to as being in ruins on the latter and Wolfe Tone's grave is also marked on this map. The graveyard is accessed directly from a local road via three gates in the northern boundary wall. The easternmost and westernmost gates open onto paths which, along with others, provide good access to the graves. A ruined church (13x7m approx.) occupies the centre of the enclosure. Just south of the church is an open area dedicated to Wolfe Tone with commemorations to Irish nationalists executed in 1922. Tone's gravestone is within the church ruins. The ground surface south of the church is quite even, but to the north it is uneven. The northern area contains older gravestones. More recent burials are east and west of the church and the current burial area is to the south. Legible gravestones date from 18th -21st century.
 
Appraisal: The site is a recorded archaeological monument and is of considerable historic and social interest being the burial place of Wolfe Tone. The remains of the medieval church survives in the form of north and south walls and a gable end. The boundary walls are in good condition, though slightly overgrown they are structurally sound. Older gravestones north of the church are virtually all worn down to stumps. Gravestones east and west of the church are in variable condition, but often overgrown. Gravestones in the southern area are well preserved..
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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