Keys to the Past

Comyn's Cross (Wark)

These are the remains of a stone cross standing on the line dividing open moorland from farmland. It stands about one metre high. On the south face is a cross, formed by small carved rosettes. Old stories record that this stone was placed here after a local chief called Comyn visited King Arthur at his castle near Sewingshields, and was given a golden cup as a gift. However, the King's sons set out after Comyn and killed him at this site. This is clearly a made-up story, and the cross was more likely to have been placed here to mark a land boundary in the 12th-15th centuries.

Reference number:N6946
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Wark


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