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

B 47903

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

Date 23/10/1990

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number B 47903

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 382648

Scope and Content Cross-shaft fragment built into Wamphray church, Dumfries and Galloway A fragment of 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. Although only a small portion of the stone's edge is visible, the decoration appears well preserved and can be reconstructed. At the left are the tops of three interlaced knots, with a long loop in the centre, followed by three more interlaced knots. The carvings date to around the 9th century, a period when the Angles of Northumbria settled in 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.


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