Ref: K067

Church of the Holy Saviour

 
Townland: Narraghmore Demense Parish: Narraghmore
 
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 278365(E), 199114(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD032-041001
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 2 mature trees N of gate and 5-10 young trees dispersed throughout; mown grass covers approx. 80% of the site; lichens visible on 70% of headstones; limited ivy cover on boundary walls and on 2 fenced off table tombs.
 
Description: The site is located in a rural setting. The associated church is marked on the 1st edition OS 6" map, but the graveyard is itself mentioned on the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. A font is also marked on the latter map. A gravel path leads from a local road to the walled graveyard/church enclosure. A gate west of centre in the southern boundary wall opens into the burial area. A gravel path leads to and around the church which occupies a position just south of centre of the enclosure. Most burials are located south of the church, but the larger area to the north seems to be the main focus of modern burials. There is a lot of free space. Gravestones date from 18th-21st century. There is a vault near the western boundary wall currently used as a storeroom.
 
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 The remains of the medieval church is long gone having been replaced by a limestone and granite 19th century church though a rare well-preserved gargoyle from the medieval period survives. Features of note are a granite font located in the graveyard. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: "The Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, in Ireland"
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