St Mogue, Ferns

Feature Sets (2)

Description

The entrance to the well is reached by steps from the road. The brick arch over the steps has reused Romanesque keystone with chevron. A human head corbel is set into the E wall of the well house, above the corbel table.

History

The well was blessed and dedicated to St Aidan by St Moling. The wellhouse was built in 1847, re-using some carved stones from Clone church and Ferns Cathedral.

Features

Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration

Miscellaneous

Head corbel

Reused human head corbel. The head is weathered to the point that the surfaces are worn smooth and no detail is visible, apart from the ears. The chin has been broken off with a clean horizontal break. Of light grey limestone.

Dimensions
approx. h. 0.17 m

Keystone

Reused centripetal voussoir, with one tooth of lateral chevron on the face (three rows, thin roll, thick roll, hollow, thick roll). The soffit is not visible (or not preserved) but there are traces of what may be point-to-point chevron at the lower edge of the face.

Comments/Opinions

The mouldings of the chevron voussoir look transitional, probably c.1200 or 13thc. It may be reused from the early 13thc. cathedral chancel, which has some rich mouldings with dogtooth, and stiff-leaf foliage capitals. The head corbel comes from Clone, where there are seven similar head corbels set over the W doorway (JRSAI, 1895, 406-7).

Bibliography

  • Historic Ferns, local guide leaflet.

  • G.V. Du Noyer, 'Notes on some peculiarities in ancient and medieval Irish ecclesiastical architecture', Journal of the Kilkenny and South East Ireland Historical and Archaeological Society, 1864, 27-40.

  • M. Moore, Archaeological Inventory of County Wexford, Dublin , 1996, 156, no.1443.

  • Proceedings, Excursions in County Wexford, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 25, 1895, 403-11

  • T. O'Keeffe, 'Diarmait Mac Murchada and Romanesque Leinster: four twelfth-century churches in context', Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 127, 1997, 64.

Location

Site Location
Ferns
National Grid Reference
T 01 50 
Boundaries
now: Wexford
Dedication
now: St Mogue
medieval: not confirmed
Type of building/monument
Well  
Report authors
Tessa Garton