Newtown Jerpoint the Lost Town
Jerpoint Park is privileged to host a Monument of notable importance: The Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint.
It was founded by either Earl Marshall or Griffin Fitzwilliam in 12th century, just west of the Cistercian Abbey, where the main crossing of the River Nore was formed by a tole paying bridge.
It was a vibrant town, with approx 27 dwelling houses, a court house, woollen mill, a tannery, a brewery and reputed to have had 14 taverns. It was powered by two water wheels working on the little Arrigle River and a tower house stood near the market place, where a wealthy merchant would have lived.
In 2012 the mammoth task of removing the centuries of growth of ivy for St. Nicholas’s Church started & in 2013 the Conservation and Stabilisation took place with funding from The Heritage Council of Ireland.
The structure of the Church of St. Nicholas took a completely different look and feel and so much came into view.