Ref: K018

Pollardstown

 
Townland: Pollardstown Parish: Newbridge (Pollardstown)
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 276710(E), 215580(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD023-003001
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with cow and calf coping, 1.5-2m high. The western boundary wall is modern and more substantial, 3-4m high.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 3 mature and 4 young trees dispersed throughout; semi-natural grassland around older graves; church ruins are overgrown with brambles and ivy; mown grass covers 90% of the site; lichens visible on 100% of headstones; ivy visible on boundary walls.
 
Description: K018 is located in a rural setting south of Pollardstown Fen. It is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The associated church is described as being in ruins on both maps. The site is accessed directly from a local road via a gate at the east end of the southern boundary. There are also adjacent stone steps. There are no paths within the enclosure. The ground surface undulates gently, but is otherwise even and the grass is short except around graves and the church ruin. The undulation of the ground surface is confined to the edges of the enclosure, possibly indicating the presence of earthworks predating the current boundary construction. The church ruins are located north of centre of the enclosure. The east and west walls survive almost to their full height. But the north and south walls are badly damaged. There are no obvious burials north of the church. Gravestones date from 18th-20th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The gable ends of the church are well preserved with the side walls not quite as well preserved. The boundary walls are somewhat overgrown, but in good repair. The more substantial western wall is connected with a residential development on the other side. Gravestones are generally in good condition. Most are legible, but most are also leaning. Few are broken. The east end of the church which has 19th century gravestones abutting the outside of the wall is particularly overgrown.
 

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