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<< Image Pages >> The Cross of Moridic (Llanhamlach) - Ancient Cross in Wales in Powys
Submitted by Sunny100 on Friday, 26 November 2010 Page Views: 2425
Site Name: The Cross of Moridic (Llanhamlach) Alternative Name: The Llanhamlach Cross|
NOTE: This site is 0.4 km away from the location you searched for.
County: Powys Type: Ancient Cross
Nearest Town: Brecon Nearest Village: Llanhamlach
Map Ref: SO089264
Latitude: 51.928633N Longitude: 3.326302W
|3||Reasonable but with some damage|
|2||Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site|
|1||Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks|
|5||Can be driven to, probably with disabled access|
|4||Short walk on a footpath|
|3||Requiring a bit more of a walk|
|2||A long walk|
|1||In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find|
|5||co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates|
|4||co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map|
|3||co-ordinates scaled from a bad map|
|2||co-ordinates of the nearest village|
|1||co-ordinates of the nearest town|
External Links: The Cross of Moridic (Llanhamlach) submitted by Sunny100
Ancient Cross in Powys
In St Peter's church 4 miles east of Brecon just off the A40, close to Peterstone Court, there is a cross-slab with a Latin inscription and two curious carved figures.
The cross-slab is nearly four foot high and probably dates from the 8th-9th century CE. According to the work 'Lapidarium Walliae' of 1876 by J.O.Westwood and I quote "the slab has a Latin inscription at the right-hand edge IOHANNIS MORIDIC SUREXIT HUNC LAPIDEM which reads as Moridic erected this stone"
The author goes on to say and I quote "At either side of a cross of slender design, broken at the top, two figures are carved". The two rather curious figures have their hands raised in the attitude of prayer. "The left-hand male figure has genitalia peeping out from under his garment". But the right-hand figure is equally odd. She, if it is a she? "has breasts with rays eminating from them, perhaps indicating milk". But she or he? also has genitalia peeping out from underneath the garment. Also, this figure "has circles with dots in the centres at either side of her head, possibly earrings" or something else.
The figures are thought to represent Adam and Eve, though another theory suggests they are St John and St Mary at the crucifixion of Christ. This could be true because the inscription starts with IOHANNIS the Greek spelling of John.
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