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Bewcastle Cross

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Location type: Cross
Location address: United Kingdom, Carlisle
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Made by | Reference Dougsim | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

The Bewcastle Cross is an Anglo-Saxon cross which is still in its original position within the churchyard of St Cuthbert’s church at Bewcastle, in the English county of Cumbria. The cross, which probably dates from the 7th or early 8th century, features reliefs and inscriptions in the runic alphabet. The head of the cross is missing but the remains are 14.5 feet (4.4 metres) high, and almost square in section 22 x 21 1/4 inches (56 x 54 cm) at the base. The crosses of Bewcastle and Ruthwell been described by the scholar Nikolaus Pevsner as “the greatest achievement of their date in the whole of Europe”.

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