A large collection of carved and moulded stones has been gathered from the various buildings and monastic sites at Glendalough. Most of these were stored in St Kevin's 'Kitchen' until 1987, when they were moved to the new Visitor Centre. A catalogue of the stones appears in the Official Guide, first prepared by Dr Robert Cochrane in 1911–12 and revised on a number of occasions by Harold Leask. The numbering system of the Official Guide is followed here. Some of the grave slabs and crosses may belong to the Romanesque period, but only those fragments with carving that can definitely be attributed to this period are listed below. One of the pieces not included below (number 28), probably of 9th–10thc date, has part of a human figure. A number of additional Romanesque stones were listed by Patrick Healy in an unpublished study commissioned (around 1971) by the Office of Public Works and entitled Supplementary Survey of the Ancient Monuments at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (98–102).
Seven of the carved stones are from the Priests' House, two are from St Saviour's Priory and six are from the cathedral.
42: a section of string course, 0.48 m in length and 0.26 m in depth, carved with a grotesque animal head in the centre. Along the top of the front face is a band of nailhead, the surfaces of which are decorated with foliate motifs.
43: a section of string course of similar form to 42, but with more elaborate foliate motifs.
44: a section of string course similar to 43.
47: a springer (width of face 0.14 m) carved with one row of frontal chevron on the face. In a hollow behind this is a stem with foliage shoots following the curve of the arch. At the base is a triangular motif with a foliage infill. On the outer panel of the face a line of beading follows the curve of the arch.
52: a voussoir, with frontal chevron on the face, and beaded chevron on the soffit. The triangular projection of the chevron on the face takes the form of an animal head. The face is 0.06 m widening to 0.10 m.
55: a triangular-shaped fragment carved with a grotesque animal head, similar to that on 42 (not seen at the time of recording).
56: a human head with moustache and beard, possibly a keystone. In the back there is a mortice, 0.05 m by 0.035 m, and 0.13 m deep (not seen at the time of recording).
57: a section of granite, 0.13 m thick, carved on the face with 'a cusped foliated design of five leaves'.
58; 59: Two wedge-shaped stones (0.25 m by 0.24 m by 0.09 m widening to 0.14 m), which the Official Guide suggests formed the head of a triangular window, each decorated with leaves and foliate scroll.
67: an irregular fragment, 0.14 m deep, carved with a square fret pattern on the face. Found at Temple-na-Skellig in 1912.
84: a section of the outer order from the E window of the cathedral, carved in Dundry stone.
Among additional stones listed by Healy were the following:
XCIII; XCIV: two voussoirs of Dundry stone (not yellow sandstone as Healy states) with one row of point-to-point chevron meeting on a filleted edge roll, from the outer order of the chancel arch of the cathedral (0.28 m by 0.21 m by 0.14 m). No trace of a wedge-shaped form is discernible, which led Healy to doubt that they were voussoirs. However the chancel arch is unusually wide, and the wedge form would be difficult to detect on relatively small stones.
XCV: Deteriorated voussoir with point-to-point chevron similar to XCIII and XCIV, from the cathedral.
XCXII: a section, possibly from a gable-headed window, made of mica schist (0.26 m by 0.10 m by 0.37 m). The top of the gable is missing. The outer face is decorated with a floral motif (it is described as a truncated pyramid by Healy, who incorrectly suggests that it may have belonged to a capital).
Two further fragments did not appear to be included in either list:
(a) a piece of granite (0.14 m by 0.13 m by 0.17 m), with a single roll on one face, the two adjacent faces having a sunken panel. The function is unclear.
(b) a label stop of Dundry stone carved with a human head with pierced eyes. Very deteriorated.
Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Official Historical and Descriptive Guide, Dublin, n.d., 44–52.
P. Healy, Supplementary Survey of the Ancient Monuments at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, unpublished manuscript, n.d.