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St. Anne's Church
 

County

Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 12' 56.22"   W 006° 29' 35.58"

Nearest town

Tomhaggard

Grid Ref.

T 02964 08165

Map No.

77

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

23

Date of visit

Tuesday 5 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The ruins of the church are up on a low hill easily accessed via a convenient set of steps.


In the village of Tomhaggard, at a crossroads, there's an old graveyard on a low hill, with the ruins of St. Anne's church among the graves.
The church was built in the 13th century, it belonged to the monks of Tintern Abbey, and was dedicated to St. Anne.
It was destroyed by the Cromwellian army in 1649, along with other 45 churches across the baronies of Forth and Bargy.

What remains today is part of the northwest (300°) wall with its double bell-cot, and the southeast (120°) wall with a beautiful three-light window. The north and south wall are only half length.
In the northwest wall is a nice ogee window with a wide splay inside.
Part of the tracery of the southeast window survives. In the southwest wall is a piscina, and across the chancel from this there's a nice canopy tomb set into the wall.

Across the road from this church is a holy well with the same name.

The name of the village, Tomhaggard, comes from the Irish Tuaim Mosacra, the "Tomb of St. Moshagra", a saint who associated with Glendalough.


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