J5578 : Willy's Wood Island

taken 9 years ago, 3 km from Six Road Ends, Northern Ireland

Willy's Wood Island
Willy's Wood Island
Willy's Wood Island near Cotton between the Six Road Ends and Donaghadee in North County Down. An unusual name, it appears to be just a small hill (possibly qualifying as a drumlin) with a farm and house atop; there are no trees but there is a small woodland a few hundred metres to the south. The hill lies on or beside the townlands of Cotton, Ballyhay and Gransha.
The only other item to note is that, until recently, there was an Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland triangulation pillar on top of the hill, with a flush bracket numbered OSBM 3475. The trig pillar was sadly knocked down to make way for the new house on the right of the hill. See LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link for images of the pillar.
OSNI Triangulation Stations

The re-triangulation of Northern Ireland by the Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland began in 1950. This was the first complete survey of Northern Ireland which included observations with the new primary triangulation of the country, its connection with the Republic of Ireland and the cross-channel connection between Ireland and Great Britain. This began by OSNI establishing a series of triangulation stations throughout the country. Almost all of these stations were topped by trig pillars and 80, mainly primary and secondary pillars, had been constructed by October 1949. Measurements between primary stations began in 1950 and measurements for these and the secondary stations were completed by July 1956. The construction and measurements for tertiary stations were completed later (probably no later than the mid 1960s). Only two stations are not topped by pillars - Lighthouse Island, marked by a brass rivet, and Ardglass, which utilised the top of a high stone folly. The older triangulation stations on the Lough Foyle Base Line were also re-surveyed as part of this process. A majority of the stations are still extant today but a few have been removed or destroyed.

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J5578   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 February, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 28 February, 2011
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Hill   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 551 782 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.7027N 5:35.8616W
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Irish: geotagged! J 550 783
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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