Bridewell Old Graveyard Magherafelt, Co. Derry/Londonderry
Early Christian to modern period. Site is in maintained by MDC. Catholic and Church of Ireland graves present.
The Graveyard is located behind the Bridewell Tourist & Informaiton Centre, Magherafelt.
On the N side of Magherafelt; the Bawn, Ldy 042:022 would have overlooked it. The present church is an ivy-covered ruin in a rectangular graveyard enclosed by a stone wall. The E wall of the church is 8.65m long & leans outwards slightly. It has a large window, covered with ivy. The N wall survives for 3.8m, with the rest running to W remaining only as stone footings. The roofless interior of the church is 18.8m long, with walls of roughstone & mortar. A tower 4.4m x 5.4m has been tacked on to the W gable. There are a number of C18th headstones in the graveyard; evidence for earlier material is not so obvious. There is a substantial height of ground extending out from the church gable to the graveyard wall at N. An archaeological evaluation was carried out in the grounds of the Rectory, N of the church, prior to building works. Two trenches were mechanically excavated within the development area. Trench 1 was 35m long and trench 2, closer to the rectory was 10m long. Nothing of archaeological interest was identified [G&L, 2008].
(Northern Ireland Sites & Monuments Record http://apps.ehsni.gov.uk/ambit/Details.aspx?MonID=13044)
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Council: Magherafelt District Council
County Co. Derry/Londonderry