Ref: K227

St John's Graveyard

 
Townland: Athy Parish:
 
Denomination: C of I Diocese: Dublin & Glendalough (C of I)
 
Grid Ref: 268110(E), 193980(N) Status: Closed
 
Record of Protected Structures (RPS): No Record of Monuments and Places (RMP): No
 
Boundary Treatment: Stone walls. On the roadside the wall is about 2.5m high. A single pedestrian gated entrance.
 
Natural Heritage Details: Several mature ewe trees throughout; semi-natural grass; ivy on parts of the boundary walls; nettles and brambles along the W wall
 
Description: The graveyard is located in Athy town and is walled. On the 1st edition OS map (1837) a church is marked as 'St John's Church in ruins'. The later OS 25inch map (1897-1913) shows a 'Grave Yard' , 'St John's Church Site of' and 'Friary'. Only the graveyard is now extant. Headstone types are: rounded, cross, table, railed, kerbed and wall mounted plaque. Stone type is limestone. The headstones are laid out randomly.
 
Appraisal: The site is of archaeological and historic interest, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the area. The priory was located on the W bank of the river within the town walls. The graveyard is all that survives of the site, the walls of which have a blocked splayed window which could be the remains of the priory.
 
Record Of Inscriptions: Recorded by: Athy Alternative Project
Location: County Archive, Newbridge

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