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Anglo-Saxon Cross, Rey Cross, Bowes Moor (Bowes Moor)

This is the remains of a medieval cross that marked the border between England and Scotland. Old stories said that it was the burial place of the Viking king Eric Bloodaxe who was killed in a battle nearby. However, when the stone was moved in 1990 because a nearby road was being moved there was no sign of a grave. It is probably of late Anglo-Saxon date (9th to 11th centuries AD). This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law.

Reference number:D2432
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1016467

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Source of Reference
Local History of Bowes Moor


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