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Maughold Cross Slab

Period: Early Medieval

NGR Easting: 249305

NGR Northing: 491690

Description: This small cross was found built into the masonry of the west gable bell turret during repairs to the church between 1857 and 1865.

It is a small wheel-headed slab bearing a delicate carving on both faces of a cross set in a ring. On one face is an equal-limbed cross and circle which sits on a shaft with chamfered edges and decorated with finely engraved ring-chain. The ends of the cross limbs are occupied by square panels of plaitwork while the arcs of the circle bear plaits-of-three and of four, some ending in serpents’ heads.

The other face shows a cross with shaft in relief, bordered by cable moulding and decorated with a plait-of-eight. The ends of the limbs, projecting slightly beyond the circles, are decorated with panels of plaitwork as on the other face and in the centre is in incised ring; the circle connecting the limbs is bordered, and ornamented with step-pattern.

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Site & Monument Type: cross

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: Manx Cross 114

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