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  Viking Cross at St. Mary's Church, Gosforth
by Ben-UK

If you're in the west part of the Lake District and you're interested in historical monuments, then you may like to visit the village of Gosforth -- in St. Mary's church graveyard there is the tallest Viking cross in England -- it is thought to date back to the period AD900 to AD940 and stands 14 feet high (4.4m) -- the cross has elaborate carvings said to represent characters from Norse mythology and it also has Christian symbols.

Within St. Mary's church are two Hogback stones which are known as the Saint's Stone (thought to be the grave of an early saint) and the Warrior's Stone (thought to be the grave of a Viking warrior).

On a more modern note, if you're hungry while you're there Gosforth has an excellent bakery! -- it's run from a small house opposite the village car park.

Directions: Gosforth is just off the A595, south of Egremont

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2006
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