Ref: K121

Mainham Cemetery

Townland: Mainham Parish: Mainham
Denomination: Mixed Only Greek Orthodox in the country Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
Grid Ref: 286836(E), 230191(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B14-08 (Wogan Browne Mausoleum) B14-15 Wogan Browne Mausoleum Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD014-006002- Graveyard
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in a good condition, but breached on the east side of the old graveyard, and a bit overgrown. Approximately 1m high and 'Cow and Calf' coping. It is retaining on the west and south sides of the old graveyard.
Natural Heritage Details: Trees throughout at least the old graveyard, disturbing the boundary and headstones. There is a hedgerow as boundary on the south-east side of the modern cemetery. The grass is mown regularly by the committee. Lichens cover 80-90% of the headstones and walls. Herbicide is used. There are robins and blackbirds, and the graveyard is also used for dog walking.
Description: Rural, surrounded by pasture fields. Most headstones are upright, but a handful are leaning in the old graveyard. Most of the headstones in the old graveyard date from the 18th to early 20th century, and late 19th to 21st century in the modern cemetery. Undulating ground surface and the church in ruins is on a low mound. Tarmac paths in the modern cemetery and roughly laid gravel paths in the old graveyard, though a bit overgrown. There are two unlocked gates on the northern side of the modern cemetery, and one and a stile in the eastern wall of the old graveyard. There is also a stile in the southern wall to the chapel. Old graveyard on the 6" First Edition map from 1837, but modern one on neither.
Appraisal: The site is of considerable archaeological, architectural and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. Extensive restoration has removed any features that the church may have had. The tower has a square hooded ogee window in the S wall. Features of note are a spiral staircase entered through a lintelled door. 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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