Ref: K129

Ladytown Graveyard

 
Townland: Ladytown Parish: Carragh (Ladytown)
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 284607(E), 217357(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD023-002001 - graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with soldier coping, 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 20-30 mature trees mostly lining boundaries and 10-20 young trees dispersed throughout; 905 coverage by nettles; brambles dispersed throughout; lichens visible on all gravestones; ivy on boundary walls and dispersed throughout.
 
Description: The site is located in a rural setting. It is marked on both the 1dt edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The former records a church in ruins, while the latter records the site of a church and also indicates the presence of a Watch House which is located just inside the gate, but could not be accessed at time of visit due to overgrowth. The site is accessed only after a cross country walk on private property. There is a gate in the SE corner of the boundary wall, but it no longer functions due to overgrowth. The ground level within the enclosure is higher than outside and it rises further still towards the centre. The entire area is overgrown with nettles and the ground surface is uneven. Visible, legible and accessible gravestones date to 18th and 19th century. There is a large, deep semi-circular depression just outside the enclosure on the north side.
 
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological and historic interest. The barely visible foundational remains of a rectangular church can be seen on the site. Features of note are the small watch house from the 19th century that was built for the use of mourners protect corpses from body snatchers. 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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