Ref: K021

Harristown Cemetery

 
Townland: Harristown Lower Parish: Harristown
 
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 268939(E), 205510(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B27-04 Church in ruins at Harristown Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD027-023001- Graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall in good condition. Single gate. Coping. Hedgerow forms 3 other sides.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Ash trees around boundary. Moss and lichen on walls and headstones. Heavy ivy on church. The grass is mown.
 
Description: Rectangular shaped graveyard. Burials on all 4 sides of the church and within the church. The ground is uneven. The layout is random. Dates from the 18th to 21st century, but 19th to 20th century headstones are most common. There are also Celtic, metal cross, kerbed, table and single markers. There is a baptismal font within the church. The headstones are leaning and some are propped up against the wall. On the 6" First Edition map from 1837, but the church marked in ruins on the 25" Second Edition map from 1897-1913.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The remains of the medieval church is located in the centre of the graveyard. All four sides of the church are upstanding with burial markers inside the church. The various cut-stone grave markers are of artistic interest and represent a high quality of craftsmanship and stone masonry. Features of note are a baptismal font located within the church.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: "The Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, in Ireland"
Location: Irish Family Research

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