Survey Data

Reg No

20906217


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Historical Social


Original Use

Bell tower/stand


Date

1840 - 1845


Coordinates

160548, 78195


Date Recorded

28/04/2009


Date Updated

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Description

Freestanding tapered four-stage bell tower, dated 1843. Roof now missing, having remains of rubble stone crenellations. Rubble stone walls with dressed limestone stringcourse to eaves, putlog holes, incised date and lettering and recent carved memorial plaque to southern elevation. Pointed arch window openings to upper-stage, having pointed arch and square-headed window openings to second and third-stages. Round-headed Romanesque carved limestone doorcase having decorative rose and chevron motifs, having flanking colonettes with carved capitals to timber battened door. Set within church grounds.

Appraisal

A freestanding bell tower, a type which is relatively unusual in Ireland. Set on an elevated site, it is an eye-catching and curious feature of the area. Built by Father Horgan of Ballygibbon, the design by John Windele was inspired by the Irish round tower associated with monasteries in the twelfth century, with its circular-plan, raised entrance level and defensive lack of fenestration at lower levels. Father Horgan was responsible for the construction of a second round tower, also in this part of the county, at Whitechurch. He was apparently buried at the base of the Waterloo tower in 1849.