Ref: K194

Quaker Cemetery Rathangan

 
Townland: Newtown Parish: Rathangan
 
Denomination: Quaker Diocese: Kildare and Leighlin (RC) / Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 267636(E), 219653(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): No
 
Boundary Treatment: Rubble stone wall in good condition, intact, but a bit overgrown. It's approximately 3m high with 'Soldier' coping.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Maple and pine trees throughout. Semi natural grassland cover 80-90% of the cemetery. Lichens cover about 25% of the headstones and walls. There is a trampled path with a lot of dog paw prints in.
 
Description: In the rural village of Rathangan across the road from a church and school. All the headstones are upright dating from the 19th to 20th century. The ground surface is level, but slightly higher within the graveyard than the ground around. There is one unlocked gate in the north-west corner and one open gate in the south-west corner. The Quakers Meeting House is on the 6" First Edition map from 1937 and the burial ground is on the 25" Second edition map from 1897-1913 where the meeting house is marked as Friends' Meeting House.
 
Appraisal: A 19th century Quaker cemetery. Derelict condition. This graveyard is of social and historical importance in the region.
 

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