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|Description ||Bewcastle is in the bleak lonely landscape to the north of Hadrian's Wall. Now no more than a farm, church and rectory lying within the walls of a Roman fort, yet Bewcastle has this wonderful early cross. The cross head has been lost, but the shaft depicts carvings of Christian significance. You can still see Viking runes cut into the shaft and there is reference to Kynnniburga, the wife of King Aldfrith who reigned in Northumbria from 685 to 704. Located a long way from anywhere at NY 565746 on an unclassified road from the B6318 off the A69 Nearest town is Carlisle. |
|David Watson |
|I have just read John Repath's book "A Stone Cross among the hills" which is a piece of historical fiction about the Bewcastle cross, and I find this site with photograph very interesting as a result. |
|Patrick Powers |
|Although an extremely important edifice for all of its carvings I am surprised that the significance of the sundial has been largely ignored. This is arguably the oldest Saxon sundial in the UK and is remarkably well preserved. A close up picture would be a real gem of an addition to this excellent site.|
|Thanks Patrick - not sure that I knew of the sundial -anyone got photos of it? We have more photos and information on our Bewcastle site page and there are some great scans of the runes at http://www.archaeoptics.co.uk/gallery/casestudies/heritage/bewcastle.html|
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