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Clone Church
 

County

Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 34' 06.0"   W 006° 30' 18.42"

Nearest town

Ferns

Grid Ref.

T 01340 47386

Map No.

69

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

46

Date of visit

Monday 4 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Clone church is far away, in a field, with a stone enclosure and a metal fence around it.


The ruins of a Romanesque style church are in the middle of a field, enclosed in a circular stone wall and protected by a metal fence. Not the easiest site to visit.
It was built in the 13th century on the site of an earlier monastic building founded by St. Aidan.
Only the west wall and part of the south wall survive. The most interesting items of this church are the seven carved human heads projecting from the wall above the concrete lintel of the doorway, only five of them retain the face features.
To the north end of this arrangement there's a broken stone slab resting on a corbel and decorated with a dogtooth pattern along the lower edges, and a stone with the bas-relief of a dog is to the south end of the arrangement.
Around the church there should be a couple of cross slabs, two bullaun stones and a sundial.
The latter has been moved to Tintern Abbey in 2011, the other things must be lying among the very high grass, lost to the sight.

The church is aligned to the east-northeast (75°).


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