Downpatrick : High Cross

Grid RefJ 483 445
Longitude5° 43' 12.52" W
Latitude54° 19' 39.23" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownDownpatrick (0.4 Km)
OS Sheet21
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 28th July 2002

Downpatrick high cross stands in front of the cathedral and is in a very poor state of repair. The only scenes that are really decipherable are the crucifixion with thieves and the last judgement on the head. One side shows some unusual scenes that are supposed to be from the life of the Virgin Mary. Adam and Eve make an appearance too.

The cross is not really worth seeing, except to complete the collection. There are some cross fragments in the foyer of the church which are quite interesting.

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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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