ST. PETER'S PUBLIC PARK

ST. PETER'S PARK

I was not sure of my exact location when I came across this unattractive but historic park.

St Peter’s Cork is situated in the heart of the Medieval city and is Cork’s oldest church with elements of the building dating back to 12th century.

The church was deconsecrated in 1949 and used as a warehouse for many years. Cork Corporation purchased the site in 1995.

St Peter's rear churchyard was reopened as St. Peter’s Public Park in June 2006. St Peter's Lane is on the right [the railings side] and the remains of old gravestones and tombstones can be seen leaning against the old stone wall. Unfortunately it was difficult if not impossible to read the inscriptions.

As you can see from my photographs there is the base of a large tomb or monument.

Looking at old photographs and drawings that I found online it would appear that there were at least two large large tombstones in the old churchyard but I cannot find out why they were demolished.

One of the structures was The 1789-1795 tomb of Robert and Sarah Stevelly but nothing remains today. The Staveley genealogy states that Robert Staveley, a linen merchant, was born in county Antrim in 1716 and married Sarah Jones in 1745. The couple settled in Cork and had no fewer than twelve children. Their eldest son Robert relocated to Dublin and their daughter Grace was the grandmother of William Smith O'Brien but the other family members remained in Cork.

There are records which show that the inscription read as follows:

Sacred
to the Memory of
SARAH STEVELLY,
Wife to ROBERT STEVELLY
Who Departed this Life
the 11TH Jan. 1789,
Aged 66 Years.

Here Lieth the Body Of
ROBERT STEVELLY,
Who Departed this Life
12TH of March 1795,
aged 79."


For more about the family please visit http://www.corkrecords.com/Staveley/StaveleysOfCork.htm



ST. PETER
ST. PETER
ST. PETER
ST. PETER
ST. PETER
ST. PETER
ST. PETER

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to visit this site you agree to our use of cookies.