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Holy Trinity Church (Carn), Churchtown, County Wexford
15705326
Representative view of church.
Reg. No.15705326
Date1820 - 1830
Previous NameN/A
TownlandCHURCHTOWN (FO. BY.) LADY'SISLAND ED
CountyCounty Wexford
Coordinates312671, 105525
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL HISTORICAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
 
Description
Detached three-bay double-height single-cell Church of Ireland church, rebuilt 1825, on a rectangular plan with single-bay single-storey gabled projecting porch to entrance (west) front. Closed, ----. Now in ruins. Roof now missing, creeper- or ivy-covered coping to gables including creeper- or ivy-covered coping to gable to entrance (west) front with gabled double bellcote to apex, and no rainwater goods surviving on rendered eaves. Part creeper- or ivy-covered rendered battered walls with lichen-spotted rendered slate hung battered buttresses to entrance (west) front. Pointed-arch or pointed segmental-headed window openings with cut-granite sills, and concealed dressings framing mild steel fittings. Pointed-arch door opening to entrance (west) front with cut-granite threshold, and cut-granite surround having chamfered reveals framing mild steel fittings. Interior in ruins. Set in unkempt grounds.

Appraisal

The shell of a church representing an important component of the ecclesiastical heritage of south County Wexford with the architectural value of the composition, 'a plain edifice of great antiquity without tower or spire' (Lewis 1837 I, 265), suggested by such attributes as the compact rectilinear plan form, aligned along a liturgically-correct axis; the "pointed" profile of the openings underpinning a "medieval" Gothic theme; and the double bellcote embellishing the roofline as a picturesque eye-catcher in the landscape: meanwhile, such traits as the battered silhouette, and 'the reused porch door frame of coarse granite', all highlight the archaeological potential of a church 'which Synnott, writing [in] 1680, tells us was dedicated to Saint Fintan' [SMR WX053-033001-].
 
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