Angel with Broken Chain and Anchor (Anderson) - Lezayre Churchyard - Churchtown, Isle of Man
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mike_bjm
N 54° 19.061 W 004° 25.577
30U E 407224 N 6019805
Quick Description: This Angel sculpture can be found at the Anderson family grave in the Lezayre Churchyard in Churchtown.
Location: Isle of Man
Date Posted: 1/23/2022 11:22:44 AM
Waymark Code: WM15MWP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
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Long Description:
This Angel sculpture can be found at the Anderson family grave in the Lezayre Churchyard in Churchtown.

The Anderson family grave is close to the southern boundary of the Churchyard up the hill from the new church.

The female angel has large wings and has her right hand place on her heart. Around her right wrist is a chain which ends in a ring on a large anchor by her left hip and supported by her left hand.

Unfortunately, with the passage of time the Angel sculpture has become partially hidden by a nearby tree and it is not easy to see her facial expression.

"Angels represent the connection between heaven and earth, as well as strength, peace, faith, protection and beauty." (visit link)

In "Burying the Dead: An Archaeological History of Burial Ground, Graveyards and Cemeteries by Lorraine Evans the author states the following:
"Anchor: Often signifies deceased sailor. Anchor with a broken chain represents end of life. Symbol was also used in early Christianity as a disguised cross."
(ISBN: 978 1 52670 667 6)

On the face of the stone column which acts as a plinth for the Angel sculpture and overlooks the grave there is the following epitaph:

"In Loving Memory of
MARGARET,
WIFE OF WILLIAM ANDERSON
OF FERNLEIGH, SULBY GLEN
WHO DIED NOVEMBER 6TH 1910
AGED 75 YEARS.
ALSO
WILLIAM ANDERSON
HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED JUNE 30TH 1915
AGED 80 YEARS."

The other faces of the column carry epitaphs for William and Margaret's children.
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