Ref: K086

Morristownbiller

 
Townland: Morristownbiller Parish: Newbridge (Morristownbiller)
 
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 278255(E), 215296(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD023-008001
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 50-100 trees dispersed throughout; full coverage by semi-natural grassland and weeds; brambles dispersed throughout; lichens visible on 100% of headstones. Extensive ivy coverage on boundary walls.
 
Description: K086 is located in a cornfield at the NW extremity of the town of Newbridge. It is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The associated church described as being in ruins on the former, but only the site of the church is marked on the latter. The site is accessed by travelling cross country through the cornfield. There is no gate into the enclosure. Access is via stone steps leading up and over the wall in the middle of the east side. The enclosed area is badly overgrown and the ground surface is uneven. No structural remains were visible within the enclosure, but it is possible that ruins are concealed by the vegetation. Upstanding, accessible and legible gravestones date from 19th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological and historic interest. The enclosure of the burial grounds is D-shaped, no trace of the church survives. The ground is very uneven and probably contains grave markers and archaeological features. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 19th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
 

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