Boho : High Cross

CountyFermanagh
Grid RefH 117 462
GPSH 11675 46218 (9m)
Longitude7° 49' 13.34" W
Latitude54° 21' 51.87" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownEnniskillen (12.5 Km)
OS Sheet17
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 3rd October 2004

As I drove along I kept seeing signs for Boho and the name rang a bell. Then, as I approached the church I saw the cross and it all clicked into place. Only the shaft of this cross remains. The east face has some fine carving which includes an Adam and Eve panel and two good examples of knotwork. The west side has two figured panels, which are quite worn, but Harbison says one is of the Baptism of Christ. Low down in each side there is a round hole, the purpose of which are not clear.

The cross stands on a raised knoll to the rear of the modern church. The north, west and south of the site is guarded by hills, which form an ampitheatre open to the east. The site feels so much older than the Christian remains, which is attested to by the presence of rock-art in the locality (which I couldn't find).

There is a possible standing stone in the graveyard, as well as several interesting gravestones.

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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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