Townley Hall : Passage Tomb

Grid RefO 023 757
GPSO 02289 75710 (7m)
Longitude6° 27' 0.99" W
Latitude53° 43' 15.6" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSlane (6.2 Km)
OS Sheet43
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

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Visit Notes

Sunday, 21st October 2001

This is (or would have been) a beauty. Nestled in the center of a field, just off the road this tomb is easily accessible via a style. The mound is protected by a good fence that provides access to the public. Once inside the gate the pleasantness of this place hits you. The mound is low, about 1.4m, and its base clearly outlined by the kerb stones.

On the east side is where the entrance would have been. The passage is now open to the world, with its orthostats exposed. Unfortunately, most of the passage wall stones seem to have been sawn off flush with the ground, or perhaps they are modern stones put there so that you can try to imagine what it would have looked like. Sadly, if this was what was intended, it fails.

If you are passing then stop off and take a peek, so many people seem to whiz past it probably not even knowing it is there.

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Friday, 23rd March 2007

This really is one of those sites that you don't expect to come back to. I mean, it's not really that good to look at, which is why I forced myself to come back today while I was close and had time.

I'm glad I did, because I noticed that from here Dowth (County Meath) sits proudly on the southern horizon. When it was full-height it must have looked huge, especially if the trees around it were cleared, too.

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Marked Sites


Take the N51 west from Drogheda for about 6km. Around 2km after the entrance to Townley Hall you will see a small cottage on the left hand side of the road. This site is in the field oppostie.

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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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