Ref: K032

St. Mary's Church

Townland: Leixlip Parish: Leixlip
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
Grid Ref: 300553(E), 235792(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD011-004007- Graveyard
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in good condition. Intact, but overgrown in places. It was restored in 1995. It is approximately 2m high and '1/2 barrel' coped (cut stone).
Natural Heritage Details: Pine trees etc. throughout, disturbing the boundary. There are overgrown brambles/briars covering 10-20% of the boundary. The grass is regularly mown. Lichens cover 10-20% of the walls and headstones. Herbicide is used at the edges of the grass. There are pigeons in the trees and a kitten.
Description: In the rural village of Leixlip. Most headstones are upright, but many are leaning. 17th to 21st century. Level ground surface, but bumps. There is a gravel yard in front of the church and a gravel path around the church. The gates are generally locked. The church is on the 6" First Edition map from 1837, and the graveyard is 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 extant headstones date from the 17th-20th centuries and show considerable artistic merit. The graveyard is the site of a 12th century church, the remains of its tower were integrated into a later18th Century church. Features of note are a recently repaired boundary wall and 18th Century clock in the church tower. It is well maintained and has an attractive roadside boundary of wall, railings and gates.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: John Colgan
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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