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Colmanswell Roman Catholic Church, Colmanswell, County Limerick
21904611
Front (west) elevation.
Reg. No.21904611
Date1835 - 1840
Previous NameN/A
TownlandFOXHALL WEST
CountyCounty Limerick
Coordinates150791, 125379
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usechurch/chapel
In Use Aschurch/chapel
 
Description
Freestanding T-plan gable-fronted double-height Roman Catholic church, dated 1837, now ruinous. Comprising two-bay nave with two-bay transepts to sides (north, south) and single-bay single-storey sacristy to rear (east). Pitched roofs now absent with rendered rubble stone eaves course. Rendered rubble stone walls with tooled limestone date plaque to front (west) elevation. Pointed arch window openings with stone sills, having occasional remains of timber Y-tracery with four-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows surmounted by multiple-pane overlights throughout. Elliptical-headed door opening to front elevation of nave, having double-leaf timber battened doors surmounted by timber battened tympanum. Later bell tower to north-west having lined-and-ruled rendered walls with camber-headed arch. Rendered enclosing walls with square-profile piers comprising of rendered plinth and pitched render capping with decorative ridge finial supporting double-leaf wrought-iron gates.

Appraisal

Built in the early nineteenth century, this ruinous church was replaced by a more recent church in 1969. Originally the church formed part of a complex of buildings consisting of a presbytery and a school, which is now in use as a community centre. The church is distinguished by an unusual elliptical-headed doorway of which the doors survive.
 
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