Ref: K035

St. Peters Church and Graveyard

Townland: Donadea Demesne Parish: Donadea
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
Grid Ref: 283509(E), 233138(N) Status: Closed
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B09-01 Donadea Canopied tomb & Medieval Church Ruins Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): No
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in poor condition. It is breached and overgrown. It is approximately 2m high on the eastern side along the castle entrance, and 4m along the south and western sides, where it has '1/2 barrel' coping. The south wall also separates the graveyard and castle grounds. The N boundary towards the road is only 1m high and has 'Soldier' coping.
Natural Heritage Details: A handful of trees and vegetation throughout disturbing the structures. There are also two Rhododendron hedgerows, one south of the church and one along the eastern boundary. The grass has been mown, but not very often. Lichens cover about 25% of the headstones and walls. There are swallows living in the church.
Description: Rural, in Donadea Demesne, just north of the castle. Most headstones are upright, but a couple are flat and a handful are leaning or broken. 18th to 20th century. Undulating ground surface. The church ruins is on a low rise, probably man-made to even the ground out, as it slopes downwards towards the south. There is a roughly laid gravel path to the church, which stops around the western gable and is overgrowing. There are two unlocked gates in the northern walls. The two churches are on the 6" First Edition map from 1837 and the graveyard in 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. This is a 18th century graveyard with probable earlier burials and attached 18th Century and Medieval church. The graveyard is enclosed by a stone wall with a gate in the northeast corner. The north gable of the church has been removed but the south gable is still intact but is overgrown. There is also a derilict Church of Ireland. Only the Features of note are a 17th Century tomb effigies and canopies tomb. Some of the headstones are leaning, weathered and broken and at least one has been moved from its original position.The grounds are maintained.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: N. Reid
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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