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Arbory Church, St Columba's

Period: Early Medieval - Modern

NGR Easting: 224720

NGR Northing: 470520

Description: Post medieval church.

The parish of Arbory appears to have borne a dual dedication to St Cairbre of Coleraine and St Columbcille: medieval documents refer to 'terram Sancti Carebrie' (1153) and 'ad ecclesiam Sancti Carber' (1291), but also to 'terram Sti. Columbae, herbery vocatam' (1231) and 'Parochia Sti. Columbae' (1511).

The present church was dedicated on 1st November 1759 by Bishop Hildesley. Just four years later, it was extended eastwards by the construction of a new chancel. The church bells were originally housed in a simple belfry above the west door which survived until 1915 when a new, and rather incongruous, tower was added.

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Site & Monument Type: church; burial ground

Category: National Monuments Record

Site ID number: 0016.10

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