'St. Mark's Cross' : Cross

Grid RefN 976 133
Longitude6° 32' 26.27" W
Latitude53° 9' 40.57" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownBlessington (0.9 Km)
OS Sheet56
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Burgage - Cross
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st December 2003

This high cross is impressively tall (5-6m) and dated to the 12th Century. It used to stand by a well, possibly in an old monastic site, which is now submerged below the Poulaphuca resevoir. It now stands near to the south wall of Burgage cemetery.

The ring is unpierced and local lore says that it used to have a second pair of arms, although no traces of these can be seen today. The centre of the head is marked by a very bold boss on both sides.

In the 19th Century the cross was known as St. Baoith̀n's Cross.

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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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