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Odd's Cross Slab

Period: Medieval

NGR Easting: 236397

NGR Northing: 476814

Description: This stone was originally found built into the church tower as a door lintel, before being displayed for a time in the churchyard during the second half of the 19th century. The stone is incomplete and consists of the lower part of a broken shaft very similar to Manx Cross 135.

One face shows two scaley dragons trapped in entwined bands. A horizontal band of step-pattern forms a border below. The other face has been divided into panels divided by similar bands; the lower one shows triquetra knots ending in spirals and notches; above is a panel of plait-of-seven; there must have been a third panel, now lost.

One edge bears a plain step-pattern along its surviving length. The other edge carries an inscription in runes which is now incomplete, the surviving portion translating, 'Odd raised this cross to Frakki his father but Thor…'

The carving is a typical example of the Mammen style which was current in the later 10th century.

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Site & Monument Type: cross

Category: National Monuments Record: Statutory Ancient Monuments

Site ID number: Manx Cross 136


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