Oldcourt Cross south of Bray

Base of Cross at Old Court near Bray George Victor Du Noyer, “Base of stone cross near Old Court Castle; co Wicklow; Geo. V Du Noyer Delt. (sketched.august.8.1840),” Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, accessed February 21, 2024, https://rsai.locloudhosting.net/items/show/22705.
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The base of a cross can be found in the demesne of Oldcourt House, 1 Kilometre south of the town of Bray. It is a large granite socket stone three feet nine inches high (9600mm) , and the base measures 720mm by 690mm and tapers 350 by 450 at the top, and it has the remains of figures in panels carved on it. Though weathered, one can make out on the western face a depiction of Adam and Eve and on the eastern face the depiction of St Michael weighing souls and Daniel in the Lions Den. The style of the cross suggests, it is from the early period of the Irish High Crosses, which dated to the ninth and tenth centuries.


Harbison, Peter Irish high crosses with the figure sculptures explained, Boyne Valley Honey Company, Drogheda, 1994

Mason, Jonathan, An Early Christian cross base in Bray, Archaeology Ireland, Vol 24, No 3, Autumn 2010

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