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|Description ||Fragment of 9th century cross in the Danish Viking Jellinge style. How did it come to be on the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire border?|
|Keith Macdonald |
|One possible connection is The Ridgeway. That was a trade route also used by Vikings. |
|Funny - I looked at this page last Thursday (7/10/2004) and it was classified under Ogbourne St Andrew. Spent Sunday morning looking for it there!|
|Sorry about that - my mistake. This carving and another Danish/Viking fragment are both in the church at Colerne near Marshfield (Glos).. Well worth a visit to Colerne as it is perched on a hillside and looks like it should be in Tuscany!|
|this is not an example of Jellinge style decoration. it has parallels on stones at West Camel, Somerset and Dolton, Devon, and merely displays and example of an 8th-9th century native Anglo-Saxon zoomorphic art style.|
|Pevsner writes "The motifs, widely intertwined dragons, flatly carved, are very similar to the Danish Jellinge style." You might be correct, but they seem more Scandinavian than Anglo-Saxon to me.|
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