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Glendalough - Trinity Church Church
 

County

Wicklow

Coordinates

N 53° 00' 37.86"   W 006° 19' 12.48"

Nearest town

Laragh

Grid Ref.

T 12730 96855

Map No.

56

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

136

Date of visit

Friday 2 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The church is in a field at a lower level than the road.


This nice church is far from the cluster of other monuments in the monastic settlement. It's on the R756 road to Laragh. It's signposted from the main road and accessed via an old series of steps.
It's divided in three sections. A chancel to the east-southeast (110°) side, a long and wide nave in the middle and a square and pretty ruined wing to the west-northwest side. This section was the sacristy of the church, above its vaulted roof was built a round tower which served as a belfry, but this was destroyed by a storm in 1818. The round belfry could have made this church similar to the St. Kevin's church.
The access to the church is through a round-headed doorway in the south wall. This doorway has visibly sloping jambs. Between the nave and the chancel there's a large and massive chancel arch. A small round-headed window is the east wall. A lintelled doorway leads to the sacristy which has two round-headed and splayed windows.
There are six nice stone corbels at the top corners of the chancel and nave. These corbels are identical to the corbels in the Reefert church and were the supports for the beams of the timber roof.
The church might date from the 11th or 12th century.


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