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Carrickdexter Cross
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 42' 10.62"   W 006° 34' 56.82"

Nearest town

Slane

Grid Ref.

N 93597 73517

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

82

Date of visit

Monday 5 June 2017

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The cross at the centre of a square platform, seen from the northwest (320°).


At 3 km southwest from Hill of Slane, on the N51 between Slane and Navan there's this wayside cross, one of the many erected by Jennet Dowdall in memory of her first husband Wiliam Bathe. Another similar cross can be found in Duleek, about 12 km southeast from here.
Unlike the Duleek cross, this one has fewer effigies and figures, and longer inscriptions.
It's a tall and slender pillar with a rectangular plan, capped with a cornice and a small roof-like top element.
The inscriptions are on all sides but they are much weathered and worn out and run from nearly the top of the pillar down to the base. The highest parts of the pillar carry two effigies of ecclesiastical persons on the northeast (50°) and southwest (230°) sides. On the northwest (320°) and southeast (140°) sides there are heraldic shields. The sides of the cornice have crosses on the northeast and southwest faces, and human figures on the northwest and southeast faces.
The cross is 2.67 metres tall, 36 centimetres wide and 23 centimetres thick.
It stands in the centre of a huge square and tall platform on a knoll between the N51 and a slip lane. A series of steps is provided on the northeast side of the platform.


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