Layd : Cross

Grid RefD 246 289
Longitude6° 2' 53.41" W
Latitude55° 5' 30.19" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownCushendall (1.6 Km)
OS Sheet5
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Layd - Church
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 20th July 2003

Although this is a cross, it was almost certainly a much older holed-stone, i.e. a standing stone with a hole in it, that has been Christianised to the extreme and on more than one occasion.

The 1.5m tall stone stands just inside the graveyard entrance. Its slender shaft now has a rounded (posible worn cross-shaped) top. The hole is central to this and has the arms of a crude cross scatched, radiating from the hole, on both faces. On the east face has relatively modern inscription, while the scratched cross is clearest on the west face.

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This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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