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Stylistically, it it lies chronologically between the Bewcastle Cross and the Gosforth cross and has greater affinity with the earlier Anglo-Roman style of Bewcastle. The Irton Cross is app. 10 feet high and carved from red sandstone and rests in its original socketing stone. It is one of the oldest in Cumbria and is decorated with Celtic spiral patterns and key patterns found in the book of Kells and other early Celtic Christian manuscripts and carvings. The cross is said to mark an ancient crossing of four tracks, places often associated with strange folklore and enchantment.
It is is one of the most important crosses in Cumbria, and unlike the one at Gosforth, bears no figures either human or animal. Altough pre-Norse, for strictly Vikingolists still very interesting for a visit. And it is all for free and in the (original) wild..
So, readers, so much for now about my visit to Cumbria. In the fortcoming blogs I will present a mixture of 'new' artefacts or share some monuments visited on earlier occasions, visting the North. My website is called Travelling North, of course..
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