Ref: K209

Kilmeage

 
Townland: Kilmeage Parish: Kildare (Kilmeage)
 
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Meath & Kildare (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 277492(E), 222924(N) Status: Open
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): B18-08 Church of Ireland Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): No
 
Boundary Treatment: Rough coursed stone wall, 2m high approx. SE boundary wall is cement faced.
 
Natural Heritage Details: 15-20 mature and 5-10 young trees mostly lining boundaries; building attached to the E end of the church is overgrown with brambles and ivy; full coverage by mown grass; lichens visible on all headstones; ivy on boundary walls.
 
Description: The site is located in the town of Kilmeage. The graveyard and associated church are marked on both the 1st edition OS 6" map and the 1897-1913 OS 25" map. The site is accessed directly from the R415 via a gate in the centre of the SW boundary wall. Paths provide access to the church , but not directly to graves. The ground level is higher within the enclosure than it is outside and the path is at a lower level than the burial area. The church occupies the centre of the east side of the enclosure. There is a small ruined annex to the church attached to the north of the east end of the building. Table tomb and slabs account for approximately 10% of all grave markers. Most burials are located north and west of the church, though a small number are to the south. Most graves are 19th and 20th century, but 18th and 21st century examples exist.
 
Appraisal: An 18th century graveyard which contains various cut-stone grave markers of marble, limestone and polished granite. The styles are kerbed, obelisk, table, railed and rectangular shaped headstones, which are of some local social, artistic and local historic interest. Features of note are the church of coursed limestone with steeple.
 

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