Saxon cross in St Michael's churchyard, Addingham, Glassonby

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    "The cross is a scheduled monument https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1012823 . The text of the listing includes "the upper part of a decorated cross shaft and head of a late 10th/early 11th century Anglo-Scandinavian cross. It is constructed of red sandstone and is set in a sandstone base of a later date than the cross but nevertheless thought to be of pre-Conquest date. The cross shaft is 45 cm [around 18 inches] high, rectangular in cross section, and tapers towards the top. It is decorated on all sides with spiral-scroll and stopped-plait carvings. The cross head is of the ring-head or debased wheel-head type with lateral arms and is 51 cm by 45.7 cm [around 20 inches by 18]. Its western face is decorated with a flat boss carrying an incised linear equal-armed cross; this is surrounded by a mixture of spiral-scroll and stopped-plait carving. The cross originally stood in a churchyard on the banks of the River Eden where the original Addingham village was sited. In 1350 the river changed its course and washed away much of the village. Burials continued at the site of the original church for some time until floods once again swept away the new graves. Building of the present church of St Michael is thought to have commenced during the 12th or 13th centuries. The cross is first recorded at its present site in 1840." The location of the cross is shown in [[6304686]]." Photo by Mike Quinn, 2019.
  • Owner

    Mike Quinn
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Link: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6304715
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 8 months, 3 weeks ago
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    Picture Taken: 2019-04-27
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