The ruin and the cross

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Where: Northern Ireland, Fermanagh, United Kingdom

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For most of our old photographs the vegetation will have increased in the area since it was taken but in this case hope and suspect that it has actually reduced. An old overgrown building, in a marshy, reed covered field with a distinctive high cross should be easy to find?

With lightening reflexes, O Mac identified this as the church and high cross of the monastery (founded in the 6th century) on Inishmacsaint, Lough Erne. The chaps at the base of the cross really do give some sense of scale....


Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_1430

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