Churchtown : Rock Art

Grid RefJ 571 473
GPSJ 57126 47262 (5m)
Longitude5° 34' 59.29" W
Latitude54° 20' 58.99" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownStrangford (3 Km)
OS Sheet21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 26th August 2007

Now this is a nice thing to have in your front garden. It is a 70cm long panel with to cup-and-ring motifs placed side by side. However, these are no ordinary cup-and-ring carvings: one of them has 10 rings! Wow!

The householders were out when we called, so I could only take pictures of what was exposed. The lower portion of the panel is covered by turf, which is actually someone's front lawn and its protecting some of the stone - best to leave it in place, all things considered.

Sadly, the rock is a little bit worn, so a good dose of water is needed to bring it to life.

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About Coordinates Displayed

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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