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Derryloran Church
 

County

Tyrone

Coordinates

N 54° 37' 58.68"   W 006° 45' 20.22"

Nearest town

Cookstown

Grid Ref.

H 80342 76797

Map No.

13

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

61

Date of visit

Thursday 8 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of Derryloran church seen from the west-southwest. The westernmost structure is the vestibule, an antechamber to the church..


This beautiful church isn't marked on the OSNI map! We found it by pure chance.
Its name is Derryloran Church, we asked a man who was working in the graveyard for its name, and it was first built in 1622. Exactly 200 years later it was replaced by a new church, the one we can see today.
It was designed by John Nash and was erected in the simple Gothic style, with a pinnacle tower, plain spire and a vaulted vestibule. Unfortunately none of these features survived and what we can see today is a long single-nave church with the remains of a vestibule that in my opinion is the best looking part of the church.
The east-southeast (115°) window has three lights, a house tomb for the family von Stieglitz has been built against the window which now is partially hidden from the inside.
There's a single window in the north wall and four windows in the south wall.
The oldest building of the churchyard is the crypt built against the outside of the north wall of the church, a tomb for the Stewart family, originally built in 1680, then repaired in 1810.
Another family tomb with the plaque reading "ADAIR" stands detached south of the church.
Other fine grave markers can be seen around the church.


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