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Anglo-Saxon Cross (Alnmouth)

Anglo-Saxon cross-shaft from Alnmouth.
Copyright Reserved: Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Anglo-Saxon cross-shaft from Alnmouth. Copyright Reserved: Museum of Antiquities, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The remains Anglo-Saxon carved cross was found at the foot of Church Hill in 1789, close to the site of St Waleric's Chapel. All that survives are two pieces of the lower part of the cross. It is about 1m height and 45cm wide. On the front is a carving of Jesus on the cross with a soldier standing on each side of him. There are also traces of three inscriptions, but only one can still be read. It says in Old English 'Myredeh made me'. Carved crosses like this were often found in Anglo-Saxon churches in Northumbria. It probably dates to the 10th century.

Reference number:N5705
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnmouth


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