Ref: K155

Knockpatrick Hill Cemetery

 
Townland: Knockpatrick Parish: Knockpatrick
 
Denomination: RC Diocese: Dublin (RC) 
 
Grid Ref: 281543(E), 185206(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B40-05 (earthworks and graveyard) Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD040-010001 - burial ground
 
Boundary Treatment: Stone wall (granite) with copping, in good repair. A single iron gate and double foot stile allows entry to the graveyard.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Mature conifers, ewes, sycamore and ash; Semi natural grassland (overgrown); Heavy ivy growth on the boundary walls in places; moss and lichen on walls and headstones; ferns growing on wall and ground.
 
Description: The graveyard is located just off the summit of Knockpatrick Hill. The summit has a ringfort on it. Access is through a farmyard and up path of grass), the fields are used for barley. The graveyard is surrounded by a granite wall about 1.5 in height. There is a small corrugated shelter for saying mass is located on the SW side just inside the gate. There is a statue of St Patrick and some seats around the shelter. The ground slopes to the SW and the graveyard is very uneven underfoot. There a number of large granite stones throughout. The headstones are mostly standard upright type and predominantly of limestone. There are some kerb type memorials and metal crosses. The headstones date to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, predominantly 19th century.
 
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological and historic interest. There is no evidence that a church was located at this spot. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest. The boundary wall is well laid out with a gate and foot stile. There is some damage to the wall on the N side due to an mature ash tree.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Unknown
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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