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Saint Columcille's Church of Ireland Church, Kells, County Meath
14313066
Representative view
Reg. No.14313066
Date1775 - 1780
Previous NameN/A
TownlandTOWN PARKS
CountyCounty Meath
Coordinates273995, 275889
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Detached gable-fronted church, built in 1778, comprising of four-bay nave with single-bay chancel to the east, and projecting entrance bays to north and south elevations. Pitched slate roof. Roughcast rendered and squared limestone walls. Three-bay flat-roofed projecting entrance block with chamfered corners, comprising of central breakfront with pointed arch door opening, flanked by single-bays with sash lancet windows having hood mouldings above. Triple light lancet window flanked by single lancets to chancel. Graveyard and round tower to site.

Appraisal

This church occupies a raised site in the town and is a notable and dominant structure in the streetscape. The setting of the church is enhanced by the round tower and belfry to the site, which are tall and imposing structures in the town. This fine church, which was apparently designed by Thomas Cooley, retains many interesting features and materials. The entrance elevation is enlivened by the central breakfront bay, chamfered corners and ashlar limestone dressings. The church is set on a site of archaeological interest, with the round tower, belfry and grave markers.
 
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