Newtown Trim

Parish Church/ Effigial Tomb

The approach to this lovely 13th century parish church is simply beautiful. A track takes you across a stream and up to a gateway, pictured bottom left. You enter the graveyard via the stone stile in the centre of the image. Not much remains of the walls except for the lovely eastern arched doorway and western gabled wall with a low uneven south wall connecting them. Inside the church is a fine late-16th century double effigy tomb of Sir Lucus Dillon, chief Baron of the Exchequer during the reign of Elizabeth I, and either his first wife Jane Bathe or his second wife Marion Sharl.

East Gable

Arched doorway

From the northwest

Effigial tomb

The effigial tomb of Sir Lucas Dillon (1530 - 1592) and one of his wifes. Known locally as "The jealous man and woman" the effigies are also known by this name because the figures do not touch each other, but that may be because of the sword of state lying between them. Scattered on the tomb are many rusty pins -- a tradition is to rub a pin on your wart then place the pin between the couple on the tomb, and as the pin rusts and decays it will cure your wart. Panels on the tomb chest depict the coats of arms for the Dillon, Sharl and Bathe (Dillon's first wife) families, and some kneeling weepers. On the highest part of the south wall there is a tomb niche with a decorated hood, in the centre of the arch is a head with plaited hair. If you continue on towards the west you will encounter the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul.

Situated: From the M3 take the R 154 towards Trim. Newtown Trim is located on the north side of the road about two kilometres before Trim.

Discovery Map 42. N 8141 5691. Last visit March 2011.

Longitude:  6° 46' 17" W

Latitude: 53° 33' 21" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

From the road

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