Newtown Trim Parish Church
East Gable

Newtown Trim

Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul

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 his second wife Marion Sharl.

The effigies are known locally as the Virtuous Man and Woman 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.
Double Effigy

From the road

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.

Google Map.

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

Longitude:  6° 46' 17" W

Latitude: 53° 33' 21" N

Photos: Jim Dempsey and Deb Snelson.

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