Ref: K045

Clane Abbey Church Graveyard

 
Townland: Abbeyland (Clane ED) Parish: Clane
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 287883(E), 227311(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD014-026012
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with soldier coping, 1.5m high
 
Natural Heritage Details: 30-40 young trees lining boundaries (each has the stump of a mature tree beside it); 80% coverage by mown grass; lichens visible on 40% of headstones; extensive ivy coverage on abbey ruins.
 
Description: K045 is located at the southern extremity of the town of Clane. The associated Abbey is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map, but the graveyard is not specifically marked in either case. The site is accessed directly from the R407 via a gate and adjacent stone steps. The gate opens onto a path/driveway which runs east before opening out into the graveyard proper. The path continues east to the opposite boundary where a covered altar is located. The ground surface is quite even off the path with the exception of the interior of the ruined Abbey building which occupies the NE corner and most of the north side of the enclosure. Outside the building the grass is short, but inside it is overgrown. The interior contains 19th and 20th century graves.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. Features of note are the abbey itself where a large nave, chanel and aisle survive. The chancel is probably 13th Century in date and has a sedilia. Traces of lancets of the original windows survive in the E gable. The boundary wall is fully upright and virtually free of vegetation. Gravestones inside the ruined Abbey building tend to be leaning and worn. Outside the Abbey building they are almost all upright and in excellent condition.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Noel Reid (1985)
Location: Co. Kildare online Electronic History Journal and www.irishfamilyresearch.co.uk

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