Corpus Refs:Macalister/1949:1063
Discovery:in/on structure, 1840 workmen
History:Stone found built into the old nave during the demolition of 1840.
Dimensions:0.0 x 0.27 x 0.0 (converted from Macalister/1949)
Location:on site
RCHAME/1970, 308: `In N. aisle, lying loose'.
Form:architectural fragment
Macalister/1949, 188: `a fragment whose appearance might suggest that it belonged to the baluster-shaft of a Saxon window'.

RCHAME/1970, 308: `shaft of a small monolithic Romano-British column with a maximum diameter of 11 ins...The column has a bulbous base and annulet; the shaft, which is broken off at the top, has a slight entasis. Such columns could be used on dwarf walls to support a pent roof and are found in public buildings and villas'.

Condition:incomplete , some
It looks (from drawings and photographs) as if approximately 10% of the column is missing.
Decorations:no other decoration



WRHAM/2/1     Pictures


Macalister, R.A.S. (1949):I{U}ONA[-- | FILIUSI{U}I[--
Macalister/1949 189 reading only
RCHAME (1970):I{U}DNNE[-- | FIL[I]Q{U}I[--
Iudnne[--] (PN) [son of] Qui[--] (PN).
RCAHME/1970 308, 311 substantial discussion


Position:n/a ; shaft ; n/a ; undecorated
The inscription occurs to one side of the middle-band of the pillar but as we do not know the orientation of the stone when used for the inscription it is difficult to assess its original layout. Comparison to other stones might suggest the test ran vertically down in which case it occurs below the band.
Date:650 - 699 (RCAHME/1970)
RCHAME/1970, 311: `Probably late 7th century'.
Language:Latin (mixed)
Ling. Notes:none
Palaeography:RCHAME/1970, 311: `The regularly formed letters are mixed Roman capital and Insular forms. The U is angular, almost square. If the reading of the fifth letter in the first line is correct, the uncial and Insular forms of the letter appear side by side; the concurrent use of two forms is common in Insular majuscule MSS. The last letter in the line is incomplete, with only the rounded back remaining; a capital E of rounded form is likely. The reconstruction of the base of the letters FIL at the beginning of the second line is conjectural; no trace of the second I of this word remains. A few of the letters have forked serifs [cf. WRHAM/1/1]. Both the D and the Q show a slight shallowing of the groove, almost a gap, between the upright and the loop; this feature may be compared with the treatment of the cross arms in a number of Welsh crosses, which there is reason to attribute to the 7th century.

The closest parallel in Insular epigraphy is the rather later inscription at Llanlleonfel which should belong linguistically to the later 8th century [Nash-Williams/1950, no. 62]. Both inscriptions have the same tendency to square letter-forms; both use the Insular N, the Q with a loop and long shaft, and the square U. But Lllanlleonfel uses the uncial D while Wareham prefers the Insular form. The tendency to separate the different parts of the same letter may also be noted at Llanlleonfel. In Insular epigraphy the forked serif occurs occasionally as late as the early 9th century, e.g. on the Caldey Island stone [Nash-Williams/1950, no. 301]. In Wales the square U is found in the latest inscriptions of group I (5th--7th centuries); the Insular N is first used in group II (7th--9th centuries)'.

Macalister/1949, 188--89: `The lettering on one side of the stone is in good condition, except that the lower part of the second line is chipped away, and the lines are imperfect at the sinister end'.
Carving errors:0