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Tea Lane Graveyard, Church Road, Celbridge, County Kildare
Representative view of memorial chapel, freestanding gable and graveyard from west.
Reg. No.11805051
Date1850 - 1870
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Kildare
Coordinates297313, 233005
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Asgraveyard/cemetery
Detached two-bay single-storey rubble stone building with attic, c.1860, possibly incorporating fabric of earlier medieval church, c.1600. Now disused. Gable-ended roof with slate. Clay ridge tiles. No rainwater goods on eaves course. Lime rendered walls over rubble stone construction. Unpainted. Square-headed window openings. No sills. Now blocked-up. Square-headed door opening. Timber door. Traces of round-headed window openings to west elevation with cut-stone surrounds. Now blocked-up (red brick). Set back from road in own grounds. Attached single-bay single-storey rubble stone memorial chapel with half-attic, c.1860, to south-west with single-bay single-storey mono-pitched entrance bay to west having round-headed door opening with crow-stepped parapet, single-bay single-storey side elevation to west and single-bay two-storey corner turret to south-west on a square plan with battlemented parapet. Gable-ended and mono-pitched roofs (mono-pitched roof behind parapet) with slate (gablet to half-attic window). Clay ridge tiles. Rendered coping to gables with motif to apexes. Cast-iron rainwater good on cut-stone corbelled eaves. Roof to turret not visible behind battlemented parapet wall. Random rubble stone walls. Rubble stone crow-stepped gable to mono-pitch with battlemented parapet along ridge. Battlemented parapet wall to turret on corbelled stringcourse. Round-headed openings (square-headed slit-style openings to turret). Cut-stone surrounds. Fixed-pane leaded windows. Timber panelled door. Freestanding rubble stone gable wall, c.1600, to east possibly remains of medieval church on site with round-headed window opening. Remainder of church now gone. Graveyard to site with various cut-stone grave markers, c.1700-c.1900. Gateway, c.1860, to north-east comprising pair of rubble stone piers with segmental-headed opening having wrought iron double gates, shallow segmental-headed pedestrian gateway to south with wrought iron gate, and rubble stone boundary wall.


This group of buildings is of considerable social importance, attesting to the long-standing ecclesiastical presence in the locality - with sections dating to a period pre-1700, the site is of archaeological significance. The earliest remaining structure on site would appear to be the now-freestanding gable wall, probably originally part of a larger medieval church on site, and it is possible that the single-cell building to the east incorporates further fabric of this church. The latter building is a simple structure, of little architectural pretension, and incorporates features such as the outline of round-headed window openings. The memorial chapel to west, dedicated to the Maunsell family, is a fine, modest-scale structure of much incident and includes attractive features such as the crow-stepped gable and a corner turret - the latter serves to articulate the skyline, while identifying the chapel in its surroundings. The group of buildings expresses a medieval quality and is a picturesque feature in the locality. Surrounded by an attendant graveyard, some of the cut-stone markers are of some artistic interest, while announcing the entrance of the site on to the road is an attractive gateway that contains early examples of wrought iron work.
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