Struell Wells : Holy Well

CountyDown
Grid RefJ 512 442
Longitude5° 40' 32.72" W
Latitude54° 19' 26.48" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDownpatrick (2.5 Km)
OS Sheet21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd March 2002

There are actually two wells here - one said to cure eye problems and the other stomach ailments. Both are of the covered type popular, but now rare in this area.

The wells stand between a church ruin and a victorian bath house. The bath house is a wonderful structure. The main building houses the male changing room to the front and the male bath - a plunge pool with steps down and a wonderful spout of water gushing into it. To the rear is the womens changing room and in a small separate building is the womens' bath. This was too flooded to see any real detail.

The stomach well has a beautiful little cross slab built into the renovated walls, which probably came from the same early church that two window mouldings that are integrated into a nearby wall.

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Directions

From Downpatrick take the B1 south east and turn left after the hospital. About 400m after the first right hand turn is a driveway signposted Struell Wells. Follow this to the car park.

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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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