Ref: K048

Churchtown Church

 
Townland: Raheenadeeragh Parish: Churchtown
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 263806(E), 195717(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B34-01 (church) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD034-005001
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with soldier coping, 1.5m high approx
 
Natural Heritage Details: 5-10 mature and 1-5 young trees dispersed throughout; mown grass covers 90% of site; lichens visible on 80-85% of headstones; limited ivy coverage on boundary walls and church ruins.
 
Description: The Site is located in a rural setting. It is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The associated church is described as being in ruins on the latter map. The site is accessed via a gate in the SE end of the NE boundary wall. A gravel path leads around the inside of the boundary walls. Another path runs through the ruined church. The ground level inside the enclosure is higher than outside with the church (30x10m approx.) occupying the highest point. Only the northern and southern walls of the church are standing to any great extent. The ground surface off the paths is a little uneven, but the grass is quite short. Gravestones date from 18th-21st century. There are 19th and 20th century gravestones within the church.
 
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 parish church consists of a nave with large buttressed walls. Features of note are a round segmented arch in the S wall and the N entrance has a wooden lintel. There is a single internal splayed light in the S wall. The remains of a polygonal font lies in the graveyard. The church was granted to St Mary's Abbey in c. 1219. The boundary walls, of uncoursed limestone, are well preserved. The gravestones date from the 18th-20th centuries and are in variable condition. Most are upstanding and straight or slightly leaning. Some slab stones are broken and some upstanding gravestones are leaning, but overall they are in reasonable condition.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: FAS
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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