One of the best collections in the Island
|Not only does Old Kirk Braddan
have a marvellous Georgian interior, it also houses one of the best
displays of early Christian crosses found on the island. This includes
complete crosses as well as fragments and two cross bases. The earliest
dates from around 600AD but the majority date from the C9th or C10th.
The best and most famous is the lovely Braddan Wheel Cross (Cross 72) dating from the C9th. The cross is covered with interlacing similar to the Lonan Wheel Cross. At the top is a depiction of Daniel in the lion’s den (although only Daniel’s head with large moustache is visible). This was a symbol of the resurrection, with the lion’s jaws represent the jaws of Hell.
Number 65 is a tall but badly weathered cross slab, with a simple raised cross. It was found in a local field.
Only half of Cross 63 with a raised ring cross carved on it survives. It was found in the west wall of the church tower.
This wheelhead cross (number 78) is cruder and less well carved with pierced circles in the head. It had been used as a dividing stone in a style.
Thorstien’s Cross (number 112), is missing its top. The runes cut down the side read ‘’Thorstein erected this cross to the memory of Ofeig son of Krina’. It was used as a door step in the church and the back is more eroded than the front.
Only the shaft base of Odd’s Cross (number 136) survives with its intertwined dragons similar to those found on Thorleif’s Cross. On the other side is an intertwined design. The inscription ‘Odd raised this cross to the memory of his father Frakki. But Thor ....’ but the rest has been lost. This was found as a lintel over a doorway in the church tower.
This lovely cross (number 64) is described as a cross patee as the arms are narrower at the centre than the ends. It was discovered in a wall near the church.
Only a fragment of Cross 138 survives with its inertwined design and runes.
Number 146) is carved from sandstone and was found in the churchyard wall. It now thought to have been part of the decorative masonry from the C12th church, rather than a cross.
Also on display are two of the stone bases that would have held the crosses upright in their original positions.
The church is set back from the A1, Douglas to Peel Road at Braddan Bridge and the A23 roundabout. There is some parking in front of the church. The post code is IM4 4lb and the grid reference is SC 364768.The post code is IM4 4LB and the grid reference is SC 364 768
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