Ref: K068

Dunfierth Church

 
Townland: Dunfierth Parish: Carbury (Dunfierth)
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 277620(E), 238345(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B04-04 Dunfierth Church Ruins and Hamilton Mausoleum and carved stones Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD004-005002 - graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall
 
Natural Heritage Details: Mature trees throughout; overgrown with brambles in places; lichen on walls and headstones; ivy on church, headstones and wall.
 
Description: The graveyard is located along the road (which is also the townland boundary between Dunfierth and Coolree. The graveyard and church are marked on the OS 1837 map. Pasture fields surround the site. Upstanding remains of the church survive (nave and chancel). The church was restored by KCC in 1999). The church dates to c. 1500. The headstones are mostly all upstanding with several leaning or broken. The headstones date from the 18th-21st centuries. There is an alter tomb dated to the 16th century and a stone effigy of a knight dated to 14th century. The ground surface of the graveyard is uneven. Scattered dressed stone lies throughout the graveyard. There is a path leading from the gate of stone slabs which is overgrown.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area and was inscribed on the Register of Historic Monuments in 1994. Features of note are a medieval church with a nave and chancel , the entrance in the S wall consists of a stone lintel with relieving arch, in the S and N walls are opposing ogee-headed windows. The altar tomb of the Bermingham family (1548) is incorporated into the Hamilton family vault. In addition, 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"
Location: www.kildare.ie/library/ehistory and www.irishfamilyresearch.co.uk

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