When I was researching Sandfordscourt/ Cantwellscourt, which has a lost village in the Court Field, I remembered visiting Jerpoint Park for Heritage Week three years ago, when I got a very interesting and entertaining guided tour from the landowner. So I thought that they might have interesting field names and just sent them an email. Their contact details were very easy to find, because they have a website for their guided tours (and they’ve just re-opened for business!). Maeve was very quick to reply and interested in providing their field names. So I sent her a FieldPapers generated atlas of what I believed to be their land (always a bit tricky to estimate that) and explained the procedure to her. The townsland is often also called Jerpointchurch or Jerpoint Church, and Jerpoint Park is part of it. The official name is Newtown Jerpoint, but there are many, many Newtowns in Kilkenny. The village was in existence from 12111 to 16032.
Anyway, today I got the result of Maeve’s “homework”, see to the right. She was kind enough to give her source (top marks!) as well, the estate map of Edward Hunt from 1855. The Hunt family owned that land for a few generations. The Church Field is named after the church of St. Nicholas in ruins in that field. Adjacent, there is the so-called “Hunt Burial Plot”. The headstone inscriptions were surveyed by Kilkenny Archaeological Society in the 1990s and are available on their website (because yours truely put them there). THE Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) is said to be buried in the graveyard there. But I don’t want to give too much away, because the guided tour there is really worth it.
So I was able to add the eight field names, the holy well and corrected the name for the river, which was “Big Arrigle River” on OSM. O’Kelly does mention the Little Arrigle, but I’ do not cross-check everything with his book.
It is interesting that they still use those 1855 names. It also makes me wonder how many other old estate maps are out there with the field names in them, because John Thomas Coghill who owned land in Ballyfoyle, Cramersgrove, Kyleroe and elsewhere also had one made in 1816 with the names in it.
Jerpoint Park is only a short drive from Jerpoint Abbey (it is just across the river, really, but the bridge is gone a couple of hundred years, I belive), another site well worth visiting, when you’re in the area. The remaining parts of the cloister are a delight and there are some frescos in the church. I believe the archaeologist Breda Lynch is one of the guides there. She is an expert for Cistercian monasteries and has published at least one book about them.
And if you’re not that into history (what are you reading this for then?), they have a cute mascot lamb this year, called Louis.