A new book from author Chris Corlett, and published by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council explores the small number of stone cutters who were responsible for the majority of 18th century headstones that can be found throughout the graveyards of County Wicklow.
For most people these headstones are generally an important source of genealogical information. However, what is less well-known is just how important many of these headstones are from an art historical perspective. This book examines the evolution of headstones in the county during the 18th century and explores the religious carvings that developed during this period, as well as some of the social issues that they reflect.
This book is published by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan. As with other actions of the Plan this publication seeks to compile information and raise awareness of previously unrecorded aspects of Wicklow’s heritage. It follows on from many community graveyard projects supported by the Heritage Office in recent years and should be an excellent resource for anyone involved in such projects or for those with an interest in local history, stone-cutting or art. It is hoped that this book may foster a greater appreciation, and a more sensitive management of the historic headstones in the graveyards of County Wicklow.
About the author:
Christiaan Corlett is an archaeologist with the National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. He lives in Wicklow and has a particular interest in the archaeology, history and folklore of his native county. He is a prolific author and written, compiled and edited numerous books, including most recently Wicklow’s Traditional Farmhouses, published also by Wicklow County Council in 2014
Copies of this book may be purchased for €20 directly from Wicklow County Council at County Buildings, Wicklow Town, or by post by filling in the attached postal order form (postal rates apply). The book is also available at the following bookshops in Wicklow; Bridge Street Books, Wicklow Town, The Blessington Bookstore, Dubray Books in Bray and The Village Bookshop in Greystones.