Yellow Steeple, Trim

Description

The Yellow Steeple in Trim is aptly named. It takes its name from the colour of the stonework at dusk, enhanced of course by the modern floodlighting. This 40m-high structure was once the bell tower of St. Mary's Abbey, which dates back to 1368. The previous abbey was burned in that year. It was said to have been damaged by Cromwell's soldiers in 1649. The eastern wall of the steeple rises to seven storeys and the building was constructed from squared limestone. St. Mary's Abbey was probably established before the 1140s but had been rededicated by Hugh de Lacy by 1186.