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Inch Roman Catholic Church, Inch, County Cork
20905528
Front (west) gable.
Reg. No.20905528
Date1860 - 1880
Previous NameN/A
TownlandBARNAVIDDANE
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates201600, 81499
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Freestanding cruciform-plan gable-fronted Roman Catholic church, built c. 1870, having two-bay nave elevations and sacristy to south of chancel. Pitched slate roofs with cast-iron rainwater goods and cross finial to entrance gable. Roughcast rendered walls with smooth render plinth. Pointed arch niches with carved limestone holy water fonts set into walls. Pointed arch openings with stained glass windows, those to chancel in groups of three. Ogee arch door openings with square-headed timber battened doors and overlights. Retains interior features including exposed scissors truss ceiling and hexagonal piers supporting pointed arcades. Freestanding concrete bell tower and graveyard to site.

Appraisal

The simple form of church is enhanced and emphasised by the recurring arch motif used in window and door opening and integral fonts. The interior is enhanced by the variety of stained glass windows. Occupying a prominent site and highly visible, it makes a positive architectural contribution to the roadside and provides a focal point for Inch.
 
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