Legeelan : Sweat House

Grid RefH 066 340
GPSH 06626 34000 (5m)
Longitude7° 53' 53.97" W
Latitude54° 15' 17" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownSwanlinbar (14.4 Km)
OS Sheet26
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 1st June 2003

I really wasn't expecting such a beautiful sweathouse a this. And it's so accessible too - just 50m from the road. The structure is free standing and shaped like a bell with one side shaved off. I thought, as I approached it, that the shaved off part must be where the door is, but it has been removed to accommodate a track that runs past it.

It is built on a slope behind some now derelict farm buildings. Its top is 2.5m high at the front. The doorway is tiny, even for a sweathouse. It is just 50 - 60cm high and under 50cm wide.

Inside, the roof is steeply corbelled until it a gap about 40cm is met, about 1.7m up. At this point a large capstone has been placed to complete the roof, on which there is no sign of any soot remaining. Some of the stones below this capstone are set in cement, but even so some roots seem to have penetrated the chamber now.

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Sunday, 29th June 2008

Uta's never seen a sweathouse before, so it seemed logical to stop here while we were so close. I was surprised that there is a sign at the end of the road saying 'Sweathouse'. So, I was even more surprised that there isn't really proper access to the site! Perhaps this will come.

I went inside this time and took some pictures of the amazing corbelled roof.

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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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