2004:0492 - CRUMLIN HOUSE, ST TERESA, Dublin

NMI Burial Excavation Records

County: Dublin Site name: CRUMLIN HOUSE, ST TERESA

Sites and Monuments Record No.: N/A Licence number: 04E0835

Author: Judith Carroll, Judith Carroll & Company Ltd, Consultant Archaeologists, 13 Anglesea Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Site type: Post-medieval

ITM: E 712400m, N 731038m

Latitude, Longitude (decimal degrees): 53.317666, -6.313035

Development is proposed for Crumlin House and its grounds, which are presently owned by the Silesian fathers of St John Bosco. The site is situated to the south of Crumlin village, to the east of St Teresa's Road, from where it is currently accessed. It is bounded on the south and east by Stanaway Park and by residential houses on the north. The Crumlin House grounds were also tested in 2000 by Emer Dennehy (Excavations 2000, No. 232, 00E0933) and an architectural survey of the house was carried out.

The family associated with Crumlin House is the Catholic Purcell family, who were first mentioned, according to Francis Elrington Ball, as having been resident in Crumlin in the 16th century; in 1609 Edmund Purcell was leased land by the Church. Ball states that the Purcells were seated near the village until the last century and there is a tombstone in the village bearing inscriptions to a long line of the Purcell family. One of the inscriptions is to 'Ignatius Francis Purcell of Cromlyn House, Co. Dublin, Esqr., 14th August 1856'.

An assessment, including testing and geophysical survey, was carried out on the site in two phases – in June-July 2004 and October 2004. The October phase of testing was done on foot of the July geophysical survey, to supplement test anomalies shown up by it. Stone rubble, probably of a wall of post-medieval date, and a post-medieval pit came to light in the assessment. No other archaeological finds or features came to light; monitoring during development was recommended.

Reference
Ball, Francis Elrington, 1906 A history of the County Dublin. Volume IV. Dublin, 134-47.