Drakestown : Grave or Cross Slab

Grid RefN 830 813
Longitude6° 44' 27.33" W
Latitude53° 46' 28.71" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownNobber (5.2 Km)
OS Sheet35
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Monday, 3rd June 2002

This was a surprise. I got a bit disoriented whilst driving to this one and so stopped to check on my GPS where I was . 12m from the slab! Nice timing I thought.

The slab is now mounted on a tall base about 1.8m in the air. To get a proper shot of it I had to get the step ladders out of the car. The cross (with ring) is carved in false relief at the top of the 1m tall slab.

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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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