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Maiden Tower Weird Thing
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 43' 21.6"   W 006° 15' 05.58"

Nearest town

Mornington

Grid Ref.

O 15390 76198

Map No.

43

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

9

Date of visit

Saturday 13 June 2015

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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Lady's Finger on the left and Maiden Tower on the right.


This square and slim tower is on the beach in the village of Mornington. It is said that it was built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to help sailors to safely enter the mouth of the River Boyne.
In its glory days it was painted in bright colours and along with the Lady's Finger it was a beacon for ships. Due to its remarkable height (18.50 metres) it was also used as a look-out post to spot enemy ships during the wars with Spain.
The top of the tower is crenellated, the tower measures 3.30 metre on each side, it has a rusty door in the north (345°) wall at 1.30 metres from the ground, but this door is locked, probably for safety reason. From that door a spiral stairway leads to the top.


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