Ballylarkin Church facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBallylarkin Church
Cill Bhaile Uí Lorcáin
|Location||Ballylarkin Upper, Freshford, County Kilkenny|
|Denomination||Church of Ireland|
|Previous denomination||Pre-Reformation Catholic|
|Length||7.9 m (26 ft)|
|Width||5.8 m (19 ft)|
|Number of floors||1|
Ballylarkin Church is located beside the road, 2.3 km (1.4 mi) southwest of Freshford.
The region was controlled by the Ó Lorcáin until they were ousted by the Anglo-Norman Shorthalls (Schortal) in 1326. James Schortal and his wife Catherine White built the church, a small single-room structure, at Ballylarkin in 1350.
A triple sedilia was later inserted into the south wall in the 14th century. A sheela-na-gig was originally at Ballylarkin but has been moved to the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology.
The church was fortified with a chemin de ronde and a small north entrance. It has a Gothic cut stone window.
There is a triple sedilia in the south wall. Along the top of the north and south walls is a series of corbel-stones with tracery. Beside the sedilia is a piscina with quatrefoil basin. There is an ambry beside the east window.
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