Desertmartin Old

 

‘Díseart Mhartain’

Early Christian to modern period. Site is maintained by Magherafelt District Council.

 

In a damp, low-lying position at the base of a slope on the W bank of a bend in the Grange Water. Although tradition associates this church site with St. Martin or Maran, there is no proof & the patron is unknown. Desertmartin was a medieval parish & the church was in used until the 1820s. The site has been intensively used for burial, with the result that the church outline survives as a rectangular hollow 14.6m x 4.2m. Only a few wall stones are visible in the sides of the hollow. The sides rise 1.15m above the interior at S & 0.65m at N. The entrance to the church seems to have been at W. The graveyard is enclosed by a wall containing a number of dressed sand-stone blocks, probably robbed from the church.

(Northern Ireland Sites & Monuments Record http://apps.ehsni.gov.uk/ambit/Details.aspx?MonID=12976)

 
Desertmartin Old