Stickillin Church and Souterrain

Map Reference: N988905 (2988, 2905)

The walls of the small nave and chancel church at Stickillin have been reduced to very low level except for the west gable which appears to be almost at its original height. The chancel which dates from the 12th century measures about 7m by 4m. The nave measures about 15m by 5m and is a later building. There are some surviving fragments of moulded stones which indicate that there was a Romanesque chancel arch. There are remains of a plain south doorway in the nave.

The site was partially excavated in the 1950s and archaeological finds suggest a late-13th or early-14th century date. Inside the church, close to the west wall, is a font made from hard, greenish-grey sandstone.

It has a flat circular base and an almost square bowl, rounded on the outside.

In the field about 40m north of the there is either one long souterrain or two shorter souterrains. When I first explored the area in the 1980s I could see at least two entrances and one roofless beehive chamber. I was able to investigate one section of the souterrain. This was about 20m long with two right-angle bends in the middle. The inner section was about 7m long and up to 3m wide. In the middle of it was a drystone pillar supporting the roof. The roof was in poor condition and some of the stones had slipped out of position. The photos below date from that time.

On a later visit I found that the souterrain appears to have been filled in with only the roofless beehive chamber visible.

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