Maghera : Grave or Cross Slab

CountyDown
Grid RefJ 372 341
Longitude5° 53' 43.52" W
Latitude54° 14' 14.24" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNewcastle (2.7 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This is a subsite of:

Maghera - Round Tower
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 2nd March 2002

Just to the rear of the new church is a much older (pos 14th century?) church ruin. The graveyard has stones of many ages but there are two great ones amongst them.

One is a simple slim slab with a deep regular cross carved in it and the other has a beautiful semi-ornate cross visible. I was shown a photograph of this slab in its entirety this weekend and it actually has three crosses carved down its face.

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Like this monument

Marked Sites

Directions

From Castlewellen take the A50 south towards Newcastle and then the B180 north. Take the first right and just 200m on your left you will see some green gates (probably locked), park here and walk along the track/road beyond these gates. Beyond the new church is the old church. Have a good scout around who knows what you may find.

Random Gazetteer

A Selection of Other Grave or Cross Slabs

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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