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Templecross Church, County Westmeath
15401112
Front of chapel (west).
Reg. No.15401112
Date1550 - 1880
Previous NameN/A
TownlandTRISTERNAGH DEMESNE
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates233929, 260940
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usegraveyard/cemetery
In Use Asgraveyard/cemetery
 
Description
Detached ruins of late medieval church on rectangular plan with two-stage tower (with barrel vaulted basement) attached to west end, built c.1575, set in later graveyard with mainly nineteenth century grave markers. Now disused. Tomb of Lord Henry Piers set into south wall of chapel interior, dated 1620, consisting of a rectangular limestone tablet in moulded classical frame with raised Latin inscription, armorial crest and carved angels heads. Graveyard entered to the south through cast-iron gates with adjacent cut stone stile. Site surrounded by rubble stone wall on polygonal plan. Located to the west of the remains of Tristernagh Abbey.

Appraisal

An interesting and picturesque (ruinous) late-medieval church set in graveyard with mainly nineteenth century grave markers. The Lord Henry Piers monument to the interior is a very fine example of a seventeenth century memorial tablet. The nineteenth century grave markers and attractive cast-iron gates are of artistic merit. Graveyard contains graves of a number of Catholic priests who served in the nearby town of Ballynacarrigy during the nineteenth century.
 
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