High cross in St Mary's churchyard - Gosforth, Cumbria - List Entry

  • Description

    "...The monument includes an early tenth century Anglo-Scandinavian high cross located in the churchyard to the south of St Mary's Church, Gosforth. It is constructed of red sandstone with a shaft cylindrical in cross section in its lower part but changing to tapering rectangular in its upper part. The cross measures 4.42m high and is set into a three-stepped sandstone socle or base. The shaft measures 1.02m in circumference at its base and is elaborately and inventively decorated on all sides of its upper part.... This depiction of the crucifixion is the only clear Christian scene on the cross. Elsewhere on the east face the scenes are associated with Scandinavian mythology; the figure at the beast's jaw is identified as Vidar avenging the death of his father, Odin...."
  • Owner

    Historic England
  • Source

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  • Further information

    Link: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1012643
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Edmund Anon
    Last modified: 3 years, 1 month ago
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