Ref: K081

Gilltown Graveyard

 
Townland: Gilltown Parish: Gilltown
 
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 286204(E), 206995(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD029-016001- Graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Wooden post fence in good condition.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Beech and oak trees.
 
Description: Private rough ground. Dating from the 18th to the 21st century. The graveyard has a rounded shape. There is a pyramidal family vault for the Borrar's family. It's built of granite with iron doors. The last burial took place in 2007. Prior to this there were no burials for a number of decades. It's in Gilltown stud. It's on the 6" First Edition map from 1837.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological and historic interest. No upstanding remains of the medieval church survive above ground. The church was apparently leveled by the time of Bulkeley's Visitation in 1630. A Feature of note are is the granite pyramid family vault of the Borrar's. In addition, the graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
 

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