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Cloone Cross Slab
 

County

Meath

Coordinates

N 53° 46' 29.4"   W 006° 44' 31.02"

Nearest town

Nobber

Grid Ref.

N 82925 81317

Map No.

35

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

69

Date of visit

Saturday 25 May 2019

GPS Accuracy (m)

2
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This black bull is wondering who I am and what I want from him.


In a field with some cows grazing, we saw this little, yet amazing, cross slab set onto a cylindrical stone plinth with a conical top within a small and rusty fence.
On the southwest (240°) face of the slab is a wheeled cross in false relief. The slab is 85 centimetres tall, 38.5 centimetres wide at its widest point, and 9.5 centimetres thick. It stands on a plinth which is 1.63 metres tall and has a diameter of about 90 centimetres.
The carved cross is 44 centimetres high and its arms open at 19.5 centimetres.
The other sides of the slab are plain.

I reckon that the slab is not less than 900 years old. This little gem, lost in the countryside, was one of the highlights of our trip.

Because the field was the pasture for some young bulls, I had to make them friends before approaching the slab, that is about 15 metres northeast from the cattle gate.


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