'The Jumping Church' Kildemock

Map Reference: N975884 (2975, 2884)

This narrow nave and chancel church was built in the 14th century. Its main point of interest is that part of the west gable now stands inside the line of the original wall foundation.

Tradition says that the wall moved during a violent storm so that the grave of an excommunicated person would be placed outside the building. There are several simple cross-inscribed slabs in the graveyard and some carved stones from 13th century windows have been found.

A scalloped piscina basin has been fixed to the top of the ruined north wall of the chancel. Partial excavation of the site revealed fragment of stained glass and window lead, and a silver penny of Edward II.

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