Volume I: County Durham and Northumberland

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Overview
National Grid Reference of Place of Discovery
Present Location
Outside south-west side of church, on modern base and plinth
Evidence for Discovery
According to Hodges (1923-4b), cross owed its preservation to having been used as gate-post
Church Dedication
Holy Paraclete
Present Condition
Complete but weathered
Description

The shaft and the cross-head are cut from a single block of stone. The head is type A10. There are no edge mouldings on the shaft or head, nor any relief ornament on any face.

A (broad): There are two lightly incised crosses of type A1 at the top and bottom of the shaft.

B and D (narrow) and C (broad): Plain.

Discussion

Appendix A item (stones dating from Saxon-Norman overlap period or of uncertain date).

Plain crosses such as this with no diagnostic ornament are difficult to date. Similar crosses, although usually with a simpler shape of head, are known from the North York Moors (Woodward 1934), where they seem to be boundary or roadside crosses. However, none of these is dated. The custom of putting crosses as boundary marks is well attested in pre-Conquest times (Introduction, p. 5). The shallow incised ornament is found on crosses in Yorkshire which belong to the Anglo-Norman overlap. (See also Ulgham and Warden 3.)

Date
Second half of eleventh century
References
Hodges 1923-4b; Pevsner 1957, 200

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