Ref: K157


Townland: Maudlings Parish: Naas
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Meath & Kildare (C of I)
Grid Ref: 290420(E), 220469(N) Status: Open
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): KD019-021
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall with crenelations only in the area of the arched gate. A wooden fence marks the boundary in the newer burial annex.
Natural Heritage Details: 50-100 mature and 50-100 young trees dispersed throughout the enclosure; brambles and ivy present on boundary walls, pyramids and fenced plots; mown grass covers the entire area; lichens visible on 95% of headstones.
Description: The site is located towards the east end of the town of Naas. The graveyard is marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. It is accessed directly from the R445 vis a gate in the middle of the northern boundary wall. There are no paths within the enclosure and the ground surface is somewhat uneven in places due to the presence of fairly obvious unmarked graves. There is an annex burial area to the east which is accessed from the main enclosure via a gap in the eastern boundary wall. The main enclosure is large and unusual. There is a wide variety of unusual grave marker types. There are two pyramidal shaped vaults, one in a south central location, the other near the SW corner of the enclosure. Also near the SW corner is a family plot of the Earls of Clonmel and another (less strangely shaped) vault. There are other smaller monuments throughout. An area in the SE corner of the enclosure is separated by railings and is very overgrown. The NW quadrant appears to have a large number of unmarked graves with visible mounds. Graves date from 18th-20th in the main enclosure and 20th-21st in the annex.
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological, architectural and historic interest. The graveyard is enclosed by a stone wall with a gate in the north wall. The graveyard contains various cut-stone grave markers from the 18th-20th centuries, which are of artistic and historic interest. Some of the headstones are leaning, broken and overgrown. Other features of note are two pyramidal family vaults. The grounds are maintained but the southwest corner is overgrown.
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Brian McCabe/Naas Local History Group
Location: Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal

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