Ref: K134

Burtown Big Burial Ground

 
Townland: Burtown Big Parish: Moone
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 275629(E), 194504(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B35-03 (old burial ground) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD035-030001
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 1.5m high approx.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 5 mature trees dispersed throughout the enclosure; mown grass covers the entire area; lichens visible on all gravestones; limited ivy cover on boundary walls.
 
Description: The site is located in a rural setting. It is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. A church is marked on the former within the burial enclosure, but the latter records only the site of a church. Access to the site is through a small field which is itself accessed directly from a local road. A rough coursed stone wall surrounds the graveyard which is accessed only via stone steps at the south of the eastern boundary wall. There are no internal paths or upstanding structures. Ground level is higher inside than outside the enclosure. The ground surface is a little uneven and the grass is quite long. A large fir tree dominates the middle of the southern half of the enclosure. The only legible gravestones date from the 19th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological and historic interest. No visible trace of the church survives but which have been located at the low grassy rise at the centre of the graveyard. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest.
 

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