Ref: K033

Tea Lane Graveyard

 
Townland: Oakleypark Parish: Kildrought
 
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Dublin (RC) / Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 296846(E), 233008(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD011-012006- Graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in good condition. Intact, but overgrown in places. It is approximately 2m high.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Pine and cypress trees, and vegetation throughout disturbing the headstones and tombs. Semi natural grassland covers 80-90% of the graveyard. There is mown path in the grass. Lichens cover 10-20% of the walls and headstones and ivy cover about 75% of the structures. A butterfly can be seen.
 
Description: In the rural village of Celbridge. There are at least three structures in the graveyard, of which one is a church in ruins. Most headstones are upright, but a couple are leaning against a building wall or broken. The ground surface is level. The mown path leads up to the two more modern structures. One gable wall remains of the church. There is a modern grotto down the road to the east. There is one large and one small locked gates in the north-east corner. It is one the 6" First Edition map from 1837, but the church is 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. Earlier church ruins survive (medieval). A small extant building within the graveyard with blocked up windows may contain fabric of original church as attested by round-headed window outlines. The possible remains of an ecclesiastical enclosure are archaeological interest. The site is poorly maintained.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Location: Co. Kildare online Electronic History Journal

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