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Gosforth has two attractions for the price of one in its graveyard.

Gosforth's Anglo-Saxon Cross dates from the 10th century AD.

St Mary's Church has its origins in 8th century Christianity.


Anglo-Saxon Gosforth Cross St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England

The extraordinary tall Anglo-Saxon Gosforth Cross made from local red sandstone.

The Gosforth Cross has elaborate carvings which have been interpreted as representing characters and scenes from Norse mythology.

e.g. Gosforth Cross is elaborately carved with human figures and beasts, mainly depicting scenes from Scandinavian mythology.

Gosforth Cross is the tallest Viking cross in the country and designated as a protected scheduled monument.

The Gosforth Cross design originates from the Christianization of Ireland.

In 1886 by the amateur antiquarian Charles Arundel Parker demonstrated that the cross showed scenes described in the Poetic Edda.

Those include images identified as: Loki bound with his wife Sigyn protecting him. The god Heimdallr holding his horn. The god Vķšarr tearing the jaws of Fenrir. Thor's failed attempt to catch Jörmungandr, the Midgard Serpent.

 

graveyard and exterior architecture St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England

The graveyard and exterior architecture of St Mary's Church, Gosforth. It has a bellcote at the west end.

St Mary's Church, Gosforth is a Grade I listed building and well worth a visit.

The south wall is a simple reused Norman doorway.

St Mary is built of red sandstone with a nave, chancel and north aisle.

 

Looking east down the nave into the chancel of St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England

Looking east down the nave into the chancel of St Mary's Church, Gosforth.

The north aisle with a 4-bay arcade is on the left. The columns have octagon shaped capitals.

The chancel arch is probably of the 14th century, but stands on pre-Norman columns with figured capitals.

However, much of what you see is the 1896-1899 restoration by Ferguson.

 

hogback tombstones St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England

The hogback tombstones in St Mary's Church, Gosforth.

 

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medieval cross slab tombstone St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England

A medieval cross slab tombstone

 



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