Survey Data

Reg No

12402502


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Archaeological, Architectural, Artistic, Social


Original Use

Church/chapel


Date

1765 - 1770


Coordinates

266888, 151082


Date Recorded

12/11/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Freestanding two-bay single-storey single-cell Church of Ireland church, adapted 1766, on a rectangular plan. Dismantled, 1871. Now in ruins. Pitched roof now missing with no rainwater goods surviving on cut-granite eaves. Roughcast rubble stone battered walls with concealed rough cut granite flush quoins to corners. Destroyed window openings with no fittings surviving. Interior in ruins. Set in overgrown grounds with piers to perimeter having rounded capping supporting wrought iron double gates.

Appraisal

A church representing an important component of the ecclesiastical heritage of County Kilkenny. NOTE: Powerstown Church is not illustrated on the Down Survey of "Powerstown Parrish [sic]" (1655-6) nevertheless it was described (1873) by James George Robertson (1816-99) as 'ancient...but this fact does not readily appear, as the old masonry is concealed by many a coat of dashing... Although the mullions and jambs of door and windows are all gone, the thick walls speak for themselves, and then, on entering the Church, we find the basin of a splendid early English font...fluted and closely resembl[ing] those at Saint Canice's Cathedral and Saint Mary's Church' (Journal of the Royal Historical and Arch├Žological Association of Ireland 1873, 256). The date the church was adapted for use by the Church of Ireland is not yet known, however, the altar was inscribed 'The gift of RALPH GORE Esqre. to the church of Powerstown 1766' (Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica IV 1884, 244).