- No. 53 Hanbury Lane, Dublin 8, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: No. 53 Hanbury Lane, Dublin 8

Sites and Monuments Record No.: SMR DU018-299 Licence number:




ITM: E 714505m, N 733815m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.342160, -6.280450

In August 1949 human remains were discovered during the construction of a Parochial Rest Centre at Hanbury Lane, off Meath Street at The Coombe.74 The bones were found at the lowest levels of cuttings for building foundations. No details were recorded as to the disposition of the remains and the site does not appear to have been investigated.75  At a higher level in the cutting, lengths of timber piping including one joint and an angular lead-off were noted. In September 1954 further human remains were found in a trench at a depth of c. 2.5m. The cutting was c. 30m long and c. 4.5m deep and was dug to facilitate sewerage works. The remains were not retained. The file notes the remains found a few years previously and the inference is that they may be related, i.e. that the burials come from the same burial ground. Since 1996 there have been several excavations at various sites on Hanbury Lane, but it is not clear whether or not any of these sites relate to the site where the burials were discovered. It may be noted that the present parish church of St Catherine lies on the site of a parish church built in the late twelfth century by the monks of St Thomas’s Abbey.

74. The exact location of the discovery was not recorded. SMR DU018-299——.
75. The remains were not acquired by the Museum.