St John's Cemetery

St John's cemetery is located on the site of Kells Priory Hospital. Founded by Walter De Lacy in 1199 CE, the Hospital of St. John the Baptist was a house of the Fratres Cruciferi or Crutched Friars. In the northwest corner of the graveyard is a crudely carved effigy of a woman wearing a long cloak and a wimple (Pillbox hat). She is carrying a Tau shaped walking stick and wearing pointed shoes. She is known locally as 'the Abbess'. About half-way between the graveyard entrance and the effigial tomb is an early cross slab. The sandstone slab bears an incised ringed cross. Hidden behind a shub in the southeast corner is a medieval grave stone bearing a crude incised cross within a circle. I will definitely return to this site.

Head and Wimple

Medieval Grave stone

Early Cross slab

Situated: The cemetery is situated on the north side of the R163 on the east side of the town, opposite the Kells Market Cross.

Discovery Map 42: N 7440 7584. Last visit Apr 2017.

Longitude: 6° 52' 21" W

Latitude: 53° 43' 37" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey