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Graveyard Information

Seapatrick Old

County : Down

Denomination :

Graveyard Name : Seapatrick Old

Civil Parish : Seapatrick

Town / Townland : Kilpike

OS Reference : J119477

Other Information : OS 27 Grid Ref 119477 This is to the west of the Banbridge-Gilford main road, in the small village of Newtown It is in the townland of Kilpike The old parish church was probably founded by St Patrick and is identified with the 'Disertunde' parish mentioned in Pope Nicholas' Taxation of 1306 A church there was destroyed in 1641 and an Inquisition in 1657 describes it as 'out of repair' A new church was built in 1698 and was only abandoned in 1837, by which time the town of Banbridge had become large enough to necessitate building a new church there The vestry records reveal that the old church was sold to one Frederick Hayes for 25 and the proceeds applied to the building of a wall round the graveyard As a result only the old west gable was left standing In 1880 the old school-house in the village was converted into a chapel of ease The graveyard slopes away from the old church site on all sides and is now tidy and well kept The oldest stone dates from 1711 and most of the eighteenth century stones are readable though badly worn The older stones and particularly those of Roman Catholics are mainly to the west of the old gable Modern graves, however, are scattered about widely and there is a vault used as a shed to the south-east of the church site All stones with dates of death prior to 1900 have been copied Some were copied by R Linn of New Zealand and appear in Memorials of the Dead, VI, 262-3 and VIII,44.

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