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St. Crispin's Cell Church
 

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Wicklow

Coordinates

N 53° 09' 26.34"   W 006° 04' 37.26"

Nearest town

Greystones

Grid Ref.

O 28604 13596

Map No.

56

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

21

Date of visit

Monday 6 June 2016

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The church at the end of the footpath.


St. Crispin's Cell is a small medieval chapel dating from 1530 with a round headed doorway in the west (280°) wall and two rectangular windows in the east and south walls. The remains of a small porch before the doorway are still visible. The church measures 7 metres in length and 5 metres in width. What makes this building attractive is the reddish stone used in the masonry. The church is locked to prevent further damaging from vandals. The inner walls have some breaches in the structure. A local man that I met at the church told me that about 50 years ago an ancient chalice and some coins were found nearby this church and this event gave new strength to the legend that inside or around the church there was a rich treasure, hence the stones removed inside the church in the vain attempt to find something that perhaps does not even exist. The same man also told me that until 1600 another church was at this site, but nothing remains of that building today. Also a castle was at this place, but it was totally demolished at the end of the 18th century by Captain Charles Tarrant to use its stones to build his farmhouse which is the first building we met on our arrival at the site.
A gravel footpath departs from this farmhouse to St. Crispin's Cell. Another path crosses the railway nearby and reaches the cliff walk of Greystones where the views should be breathtaking, but while we were visiting the church the weather suddenly changed and a heavy shower got on us.


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