Carved vinescrolls inhabited by birds and animals, between runic-inscribed margins, on the side of the Ruthwell Cross in Ruthwell Church

Date:
1930-1954
Location:
Ruthwell Cross, Ruthwell
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Ruthwell Church, Ruthwell
Reference:
AA54/04494
Type:
Photograph (Negative)

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Description

The Ruthwell Cross is a late 7th or early 8th century Anglo Saxon cross. It was reassembled with modern insertions in the early 19th century after being buried first in the church, and later in the churchyard, having been broken up and buried by iconoclasts in the 17th century. Before this point, the cross stood inside the church. The carvings on the shaft depict New Testament scenes, Runic characters, vinescrolls, and Latin inscriptions.

Content

This is part of the Series: LTC01/01 Lady Trenchard Cox: Series of Negatives; within the Collection: LTC01 Lady Trenchard Cox Collection

Rights

© Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree

Keywords

Early Medieval Cross, Religion