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St. Begnet's Church
 

County

Dublin

Coordinates

N 53° 16' 41.4"   W 006° 06' 21.1"

Nearest town

Dalkey

Grid Ref.

O 26396 26963

Map No.

50

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

31

Date of visit

Sunday 2 September 2012

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The west section, the earliest part of the building.


In Dalkey there are the ruins of the St. Begnet's church. The building has two different sections, a nave to the west and a chancel to the east. It's clear that the two sections are from two different periods. The nave has a a doorway on the south side and another doorway on the west side, typical of early medieval churches, it dates from the 10th century. The chancel has been added later, probably in the 13th century. The chancel has a doorway on the south wall too. One quite unusual feature of this church is the double bell-cot on the west gable. The church was in use from its foundation until the early 17th century.
The graveyard around the ruins of the church has several old gravestones, the oldest one dates from the 1738. In the same graveyard there's a Tau cross.


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