Ref: K130

Cadamstown Graveyard

 
Townland: Cadamstown Parish: Cadamstown
 
Denomination: Mixed Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 271275(E), 238773(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B03-04 Church (in ruins) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD003-014002- Graveyard
 
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in good condition. Intact, but overgrown in places. Approximately 1m high with 'Soldier' coping.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Cypress and pine trees, and vegetation throughout disturbing the structures, headstones and tombs. Semi natural grassland covers 80-90%. Lichens and ivy cover about 25% of the walls.
 
Description: The site is rural and surrounded by pasture fields. Most headstones are upright, but a couple are flat and broken, and a handful are leaning. Early 18th to 21st century. In undulating countryside, but higher within the graveyard than the ground around. The tarmac paths are moss covered. There is one unlocked gate and stile in the north-west corner. There is a vault east of the church, which could be the reason for the missing east gable of the church. Is on the 6" First Edition map from 1837.
 
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological, architectural and historic interest. The graveyards is enclosed by a stone wall with a gate and stile in the northwest corner. The church is a simple structure of coursed limestone; however only the west gable and north wall remain. These walls are covered in ivy and the northwest corner is collapsing. Features of note are the vault of the More-O'Ferrall family built in the site of the E wall and a headstone of the O'Kelly family from 1684 is incorporated into the W wall. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest. The headstones are covered with lichen and some are leaning and broken. The graounds 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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