1870 – Christ Church of Ireland, Kilmore, Co. Down

Architect: Sir Thomas Drew


“It is a picturesque and prettily-situated building, of a character in harmony with its rural position. It is intended to accommodate 300 persons, and is carefully planned, with attention to convenience and suitability to the worship of the Established Church. It comprises a nave 57 ft. by 23 ft., a side aisle divided from the nave by an arcade of four arches 50 ft. by 12 ft. 3 in., an apsidal chancel, an organ-chamber, vestry, &c. the chancel, it will be observed, is the same width as the nave, and is divided from it by a handsome arch of cut stone, with sculptured responds. The tower is situated in the south- east angle and is used as an organ-chamber opening into the south aisle and chancel with arches. The lean-to roof of the aisle is terminated eastward by the tower, and westward by a southern porch. The vestry and heating chamber are on the north side.

The materials are local stone of a pleasing greenish tint for walling, Glasgow and Scrabo stone for dressings, and Castle Espie limestone (a Co. Down limestone, newly appearing m the market) in the shafts of the interior columns.

The cost, when completed, will be about £3,000. Mr. James Murphy, of Belfast, is contractor for the work, which is being carried out under the inspection of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners’ local inspector.” Published in The Irish Builder, April 1 1869.

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