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Grim's Cross Slab

Period: Early Medieval

NGR Easting: 231790

NGR Northing: 490850

Description: These two fragments were found built into the wall of the old church. On each face they bear the shaft of a cross and the lower part of a plain ring connecting the limbs. One side only shows interlaces, namely, double-twist and diamond-shaped rings, plain twist-and-ring, and a decorated form of tendril pattern.

The other face bears a ring-chain pattern on the shaft, and the panels to either side are occupied with figures. To the left is a robed man crowned by a 'nimbus' or halo and carrying a staff. Below him are two armed men, one of whom is upside down, and a boar. To the right are two hounds or wolves, followed by a man armed with a sword and spear, and below him a monster, perhaps a giant fish.

The edge bears a damaged inscription which has been translated as, 'Grim raised this cross to the memory of Hromund (his brother’s) son.'

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Site & Monument Type: cross

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: Manx Cross 126


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