Arboe : High Cross

Grid RefH 966 757
Longitude6° 30' 15.76" W
Latitude54° 37' 12.65" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownMoneymore (13.3 Km)
OS Sheet14
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Saturday, 27th July 2002

Arboe high cross is quite an impressive one. It stands 4m+ tall and is in fair condition. It is quite easy to identify many of the scenes depicted, although I would say that the two reference books I have do seem to get one of the panels wrong.

This panel shows two people standing facing each other holding a smaller (infant) upside down between them. This is interpreted (wrongly in the view of AW and myself) as the Slaughter of the Innocents, when it is clearly the Judgement of Solomon.

This aside, as an example of a sculptured cross this is a good example. The ring is broken and the lower panels quite worn, but in general it is not too bad.

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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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