Garden Crosses

Garden crosses by Vessels, Inc

The crosses below are made of cast concrete and are hand-stained
to recreate the ancient weathered look of the
1000+ yr old standing crosses found in Ireland and the British Isles

Due to their size and weight, these crosses are not shippable by UPS or FedEx.
We carry a small inventory of these crosses with us to festivals and can be picked up directly at an one of the 25+ events we attend. We can also deliver to your house, store, pub, or facility during our travels.
Follow this link FESTIVALS to see where we might be in your area,
or email us to see if we can deliver to you on the way to one.

3 ft Scottish Cross - $130.00 - (65 lbs.)

 


4 ft Leeds Cross - $240.00 - (98.5 lbs)
7 ft tall Leeds Cross - $900.00 - (300+ lbs)
From Leeds, Yorkshire.
See below for picture and description of actual cross in Leeds, Yorkshire.

 

4 ft Drumcliffe Cross - $280.00 - (140 lbs)
See below for picture and description of actual cross in Co. Sligo, Ireland.

 


5 ft. Drumcliffe Cross - $380.00 - (210 lbs)
See below for picture and description of actual cross.

 

Muiredach's Cross - $2495.00 - (950 lbs)
Shipped via semi-truck or by pre-arranged delivery by The Celtic Store-
4 people are required to erect the 4 components of this magnificent cross- call/email for specs.
See below for picture and description of actual cross in Co. Louth, Ireland.

The 2 pictures below were taken in the beautiful Shenendoah Valley outside Lexington, VA after The Celtic Store delivered and erected this cross, as sold to a client by Celtic Tides of Lexington, VA. Celtic Tides owners Ed & Regina Haggerty are pictured with the cross to show dimension. Imagine waking up every morning for a hot cup of coffee to look out your window and seeing this view.

All 4 sides of the cross have the biblical scenes inherent to the
3rd generation of Celtic crosses.
(see below for details)


Descriptions of Actual Crosses

Leeds Cross
Based on the cross located on the site of St. Peter's Church in Leeds, Yorkshire. The pieces making up the cross were found built into the medieval structure during the demolition of the old church in 1838. It dates to the 10th century A.D. and is carved in the Anglian style. The wheel head originally belonged to another cross although the shaft would have had a similar top. All the crosses from Leeds appear to have been produced in one workshop and also have artistic links with other pieces from Wharfedale, such as Collingham, Otley and Ilkley Crosses. The upper tiers show several probably Christian figures, the angel and patron possibly copied from Irish manuscript art. At the bottom of the main faces are figures from Germanic mythology. One panel shows Weland the Smith, who was captured by Nithad, hamstrung, and forced to work as his smith. In revenge Weland murdered Nithad's two sons and made their skulls into cups which he presented to their father, and then made Nithad's daughter Beaduhild, pregnant. Weland escaped by means of a flying machine, which is shown on the cross strapped around him. He is shown surrounded by the tools of his trade and reaching up to seize a female figure, possibly Beaduhild or a valkyrie by the hair and skirt. The juxtaposition of the Christian and pagan iconography indicates the mixed nature of the tenth century society, although the figure of Weland was sometimes employed to represent Elijah who ascended to heaven in a fiery chariot.

Image from Leeds Parish

 

Drumcliffe Cross
Based on the 9th century sandstone cross located in front of the now COI church in Drumcliff, Co Sligo on the site of a monastery founded by St Colmcille (Columba) in the 6th century, and stands at 12 ft high. This is also the burial place of probably Ireland's most favorite son, William Butler Yeats, (100 ft away).

Pictures taken during cross hunting trip, Jan 2003

 

Muiredachs Cross
Located at the famous Monasterboice Monastery in Co. Louth, The Monastery was founded by Saint Buite mac Bronach, who died in 521 AD, contains two of the finest High crosses in Ireland, the other being the Scripture Cross, and both are carved out of sandstone. Erected for Muiredach, son of Donel, (a local chieftain), Muiredach is thought to have been the Abbot of Monasterboice, and died around 923 a.d.


I took this picture on cross hunting trip, Jan 2005


Image from Megalithic Ireland


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