Monday, October 16, 2017
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Pillar Cross
(Maughold Parish Cross)



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Pillar Cross
(Maughold Parish Cross)


At one time every parish church had a cross near its churchyard gate or stile, sadly this is the only one remaining. Made of St Bee's sandstone this cross dates from around 1300 AD. The four sided pillar displays different sets images. One is of the crucifixion with the three legs of man below, two is the virgin and child with a cross and flower below, three is a kneeling figure with an oak leaf above and a square and plant below, four is a oak leaf with a rose above and a chalice below. The three legs of man symbol is the oldest stone carved example of this symbol on the Island. This pillar cross once stood outside the gates of the church, but in 1937 was moved inside the church gates and in 1989 inside the church itself to protect the decaying carvings.


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