Medieval Cross, 400m South East of Crag House
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County Council (Unitary)
Northumberland County Council
SJ933933 (393338, 569021)
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A Medieval cross base carved from a natural boulder and incorporated into a drystone wall. The cross base measures 1.25m; it is embedded in the ground but stands to a height of 0.5m above ground level. There is a central socket hole 0.36m by 0.16m and 0.13m deep. Surrounding the socket hole on all four sides there is a shallow groove forming a rectangular chamfer 0.43m by 0.82m. The cross is believed to be situated on a medieval pilgrim route from Hexham Abbey to the Church of St Oswalds, one of a number of holy sites linked by such routes; it is believed that in the vicinity in the 7th century Oswald King of Northumbria raised the Christian cross after his victory against the Britons at the Battle of Heavenfield. The original cross is likely to have been a timber construction later replaced in stone. Scheduled.
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