Sundials in Ireland - Ancient Monastic Dials

Kirk Maughold Isle of Man

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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° 19' West

Map Ref: OSGB36:SC 493 917

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