Sundials in Ireland - Ancient Monastic Dials Kirk Maughold Isle of Man
Monastic crosses and other carved
slabs on display inside the Cross House at Kirk Maughold. Sundial remnant
inside red circle.
Stone fragment 87 is a broken
piece of a sundial which has the remains of a border and some interlaced design
The radiating lines mark the canonical hours.
Drawing to show what it might have
looked like. From: The Ancient Sundials of Ireland, Mario Arnaldi, The
British Sundial Society, 2000.
Kirk Maughold was named after
the Irish Saint Machaoi and is believed to have been the main pre-Norse
religious community on the Isle of Man. A large collection of crosses and slabs
dating from the early Christian period (4th-13th century)
were found in the churchyard, which was once the site of a Celtic Monastery.
The current church dates from 11th century with alterations and
extensions carried out over the centuries. Much of the work to modernise the
present church took place in the early 1900s. The Maughold Cross
House was built at that time to provide a place to protect and display the 40
crosses and 150 other carved slabs.
Location: Northeast part of the
island, near Ramsey. On the A2 from Laxey to Ramsey, take the A15 to Maughold.
The church is in the village.
Lat 54° 18' North Long 4°
Map Ref: OSGB36:SC 493 917
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