Ref: K012

Tipper Graveyard

 
Townland: Tipper South Parish: Tipper
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 292196(E), 218212(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B19-07 (church and graveyard) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD019-039002
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with internal bank. Wall 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 10-20 mature trees around church ruin and eastern boundary; site fully covered with semi-natural grassland; briars and ivy dispersed throughout, especially on church ruins; ivy also present on boundaries; lichens visible on all headstones.
 
Description: The site is located in a rural setting. The graveyard, the church (in ruins) and a stone cross are all marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The site is accessed directly from a local road via a gate in the centre of the western boundary (too overgrown to open) or via stone steps either side of the gate. A bank runs along the inside of the western boundary wall. The ground surface within the enclosure is uneven and is overgrown with long grass, nettles and other weeds. The areas north, south and east of the centrally located ruined church cannot be accessed due to overgrowth of vegetation. Some gravestones in these areas are visible from afar. The church ruin itself is very overgrown. It measures approx.6m N-S, but it could not be measured E-W due to overgrowth. The church is on a raised area. The only legible and accessible gravestones date from 19th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The remains of a medieval church survive with reasonably preserved gable ends. The gable ends are covered in dense ivy growth and may cause some structural instability to occur.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Unknown
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