Massford : Court Tomb

Grid RefJ 288 150
Longitude6° 1' 56.43" W
Latitude54° 4' 4.66" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownKilkeel (1.9 Km)
OS Sheet29
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 23rd February 2003

We arrived here not expecting to be able to see much, because this site used to be very neglected and was aloowed to grow over with brambles and weeds. Fortunately it has now obtained a fence and some respect! All that remains is the gallery , there is no mound or court here, but that is only a major issue really - the gallery is one of the best around.

For a start it is over twelve metres long! The walls are formed from massive split boulders, the preparation of which must have been a monumental task by itself. The gallery is split into at least 3 chambers by jambs and the entrance is marked by a fine pair of evenly matched stones.

Two stones place either side of a gallery, opposite each other, but not touching so as to leave a gap, that are used to segment it into smaller chambers.

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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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