Photographer's Note

This is a picture of the "Yellow Steeple" in the town of Trim, County Meath. This is the bell tower of St Mary's abbey, and is the only remaining part of the historic site.

A monastery and church was founded at Trim at a very early date, some believe it was St Patrick who founded it and then left it in the care of St Loman. During the 12th century the church here was burned down many times and it was eventually refounded as St Marys abbey.

The abbey was home to a wooden statue known as Our Lady of Trim, which was reported to work miracles. This statue being housed here made Trim a major pilgrimmage site from 1397 onwards.

During the reformation, this beloved statue was burned and the king of England Henry VIII dissolved the abbey. The ruin we see today is the only remaining part of this once important religious site.

The tower gets its name from the way it reflects the sun at certain times of day, and as the sun sets, the whole tower turns a beautiful golden yellow colour.

Positioned as it is on a hill, it is visible from most parts of the town of Trim. Although it is hard to guage its size, the tower is actually the tallest building in County Meath. It would be about the height of a modern 7 or 8 story building. The large window with the stone tracery gives the effect of the tower being shorter than it actually is, but that window is huge.

Thanks for looking!

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Viewed: 1938
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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
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