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Cranfield Church
 

County

Antrim

Coordinates

N 54° 42' 15.3"   W 006° 21' 50.16"

Nearest town

Randalstown

Grid Ref.

J 05443 85247

Map No.

14

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

24

Date of visit

Wednesday 7 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the church in the ancient graveyard.


This ruinous church appears in a taxation record as old as 1306, but it is likely it was built before that.
The building stands on the north shore of Lough Neagh. It is 13 metres long and 6.40 metres wide, and is aligned to the east (80°).
All the walls are to their original height. The most interesting feature in the church is the west doorway, still intact. It has a pointed arch shape. The windows are in a bad state of conservation and look more like breaches in the wall. An exception is the south window next to the altar that still has a visible splay.
The church was abandoned in the early second half of the 17th century.
According to the tradition St. Olcán, who is believed to be ordained by St. Patrick, is buried in the ground of the church using soil coming from Rome.

Nearby there's St. Olcán's holy well.


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