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Detail of front of fragment of Anglo-Scandinavian cross-shaft incorporated as lintel over W door.

B 47902 CN

Description Detail of front of fragment of Anglo-Scandinavian cross-shaft incorporated as lintel over W door.

Date 23/10/1990

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number B 47902 CN

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 382615

Scope and Content Drawing showing the obverse of a cross-shaft fragment built into Wamphray church, Dumfries and Galloway A finely carved cross-shaft has been reused as a lintel over the west door of Wamphray church. Local tradition suggests the stone came from the site of a nearby chapel at Barneygill. A cable moulding divides the front of the stone into two panels. Plant scrolls interlace to form an intricate and symmetrical knot inside a roundel on the left, whilst a dragonesque monster surrounded by scroll work fills the panel on the right. The carvings date to around the 9th century, a period when the Angles of Northumbria settled across lowland Scotland and Cumbria. Along with the settlers came monasteries and churches, where finely carved free-standing crosses such as this were produced. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

Medium Colour negative


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