'Kells Market Cross' : High Cross

Grid RefN 745 758
GPSN 74544 75764 (18m)
Longitude6° 52' 13.82" W
Latitude53° 43' 34.26" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMullagh (10.7 Km)
OS Sheet42
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 3rd June 2002

This cross has a strange history. It certainly is not where it was originally placed and now stands in front of the Kells Heritage Centre, nicely protected from the weather by a glass canopy.

It lay on the ground for many years and was erected at the behest of Jonathan Swift. Sadly, it was re-erected in completely the wrong orientation. The west face now faces north.

It is quite badly damaged from weathering, but what does remain of the carving is quite splendid. Some of the scenes depicted are: The Adoration of the Magi, Loaves and Fishes, Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments & Adam and Eve. The base has parading men and beasties, including centaurs.

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Sunday, 8th December 2002

Melissa had never seen a high cross 'in the flesh' and so we stopped off to have a look at this one. Not the best maybe, but right alongside our route.

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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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