Ballybriest

Court Tomb

There are the sad remains of a double-court tomb at Ballybriest, County Derry. Unfortunately the northern half of the tomb was removed during land clearance in the 19th century. All that now remains is the western forecourt shown above, the small stones in the foreground are field clearance, and the western gallery, pictured left with it's double chambers.

All that remains of the eastern part of the tomb, is the southern half of the forecourt and some of the southern gallery built back to back with the western gallery but on a slightly different axis. The large stone pictured right is part of the gallery and to the left of it, is the forecourt. In the background on the other side of the road can be seen a quarry which has swallowed up another megalithic chamber. Pictured below are the remains of a wedge tomb that was dug out of the bog, this wedge tomb was built, before the bog began to grow, in two thousand BC. It is situated around 150 metres south of the court tomb.

Wedge Tomb

Situated: From Draperstown take the B47 south, then take the B162 south for Cookstown, after 31/2 kilometres bear left at the junction the tombs are about 1 kilometre down this road (signposted).

Discoverer Map 13: H 7613 8857. Last visit July 2006.

Longitude :6° 49' 4" W

Latitude: 54° 44' 21" N

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Photo: Jim Dempsey

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