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Orchard Cross, Orchard, Carlow

(52°45′6″N, 6°57′39″W)
S 702 672
pre-1974 traditional (Republic of Ireland) Carlow
now Carlow
medieval Leighlin
now Leighlin
  • Rachel Moss

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Feature Sets

Two fragments of a granite, ringed cross found in a field, which Crawford describes as the 'Church Field' (Crawford 1907, 218). There are no building remains.


Not known. Not included in Gwynn and Hadcock.


Exterior Features



Although the boss on the cross head appears to be plain, an earlier author identified this as having the remains of a carved head (Vigors 1892, 86). Vigors' report has a drawing of the cross head and base, included here. The drawing is not entirely accurate and omits the cross-ring.


H. Crawford, 'A Descriptive List of Early Irish Crosses', Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 37 (1907), 187–239.

B. Fitzmaurice, 'Stone Crosses of County Carlow'. Carloviana, 19, 31–32.

P. Harbison, The High Crosses of Ireland, Bonn, 1992, 161.

P. D. Vigors, 'Report of the Hon. Local Secretary of the County Carlow, for the Year 1892' Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 23 (1893), 86–87.