NY5674 : St Cuthbert's Church

taken 4 years ago, near to Bewcastle, Cumbria, Great Britain

St Cuthbert's Church
St Cuthbert's Church
The ancient church at Bewcastle is one of many dedicated to St Cuthbert. To the right (south) of the church is a richly carved cross-shaft.
St Cuthbert’s Church, Bewcastle
Built using stone from a Roman fort, St Cuthbert’s was established about 1277 – although only the east end of this building remains. The Church was altered to its present form in 1901, with a millennium/centenary window added in 2001.
The 7th Century Bewcastle Cross is prominent in the graveyard. In addition to runic inscriptions and vine-scroll decorations, the cross also features carvings of John the Baptist (holding the Lamb of God), Christ as King and a figure believed to be St John the Evangelist. The meaning of the runic inscriptions is not certain and may read “This token of victory, Hwaetred, Waethgar set up in memory of Alefrid ... Pray for them, their sins and their souls!
A Bewcastle community web-site covers both the history of St Cuthbert’s (LinkExternal link ) and the Cross (LinkExternal link ). Additional information may be found on Wikipedia at: LinkExternal link and at “Visit Cumbria”: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Monday, 28 December, 2015   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 January, 2016
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5653 7455 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:3.8106N 2:40.9290W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5649 7454
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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