Ref: K116

Straffan

 
Townland: Straffan Parish: Straffan
 
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 292660(E), 229911(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B14-10 Church Ruins B14-21 Lych Gate to Graveyard Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD014-013002- Graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in poor condition. Breached. Approximately 1m high with 'Cow and Calf' coping.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Trees/vegetation throughout, disturbing structures, headstones and tombs. Some trees have been cut back, but has just been left there. Lichens cover 80-90% of the headstones, and they are also covered by 25% ivy. The grass is regularly mown, but has not been mown in awhile.
 
Description: In the rural village of Straffan. Most the headstones are upright, but many in the old graveyard are flat, leaning and broken. These headstones date from the early 18th century, but is still in use. It was extended to the north in the 20th century. Undulating ground surface. The original graveyard is on a mound with a low earthen bank around it and bumps. It is higher here than the ground around and the wall towards the road on the west and south side is retaining. There was possibly a path of concrete to the ruined church, but it is overgrown now. There are tarmac path the extension, which are also overgrowing. There is one unlocked gate and stile in the southern wall. The original graveyard is on the 6" First Edition map, but the extension is on neither.
 
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The graveyards is enclosed by a rubble stone wall with a gate and stile in the south wall and gate in the east wall. The nave and chancel of the church with a tower attached on the W end survive. However half of the north wall has collapsed.The tower has a double bell cote at the E. The structures are covered with ivy and there is evidence of some collapse with at least one fresh break. Features of note are a lych gate on the roadside which is a rare feature in Irish graveyards. In addition, the graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest. The grounds are maintained.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: "The Association for the Preservation of Memorials of the Dead, in Ireland"
Location: Irish Family Research

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