Govan has remarkable heritage of early Christian carved stones. No fewer
than thirty-one monuments survive, mostly intact and highly decorated. They
span the 9th to 10th centuries, and they represent one of the largest
and most interesting collections of early mediaeval sculpture in Scotland.
They range from a sarcophagus and recumbent cross-slabs to free-standing
crosses and cross-slabs, together with a remarkable group of five hogback
They imply the existence not only of an early church at Govan, the enclosure
of which is likely to be reflected in part by the line of the current
graveyard wall, but also of a wealthy secular community nearby.
Much of the sculpture lies within a local Strathclyde tradition, but
there are also strong links with Pictland to the north and Cumbria to the
|Govan 2: Hogback (Photograph Copyright ©2000 Alligator Descartes)|