"Bewcastle Church, Cross and Museum" Bewcastle Things to Do Tip by nickandchris
Bewcastle Things to Do: 2 reviews and 10 photos
St. Cuthbert's church in Bewcastle is a lovely little church where it's graveyard is home to the 7th century Bewcastle Cross, still standing in it's original position.The cross has the oldest sundial in Britain adorning it as well as figures of John the Baptist, Jesus and one other male, possibly St. John the Evangelist. The runic inscriptions are worn and and not easily deciphered, leaving the true meaning uncertain.
The church was altered in 1901 and remains much the same apart from new stained glass windows for the millenium. Legend has it that no men were to be buried in the graveyard, they were taken to Carlisle and hanged leaving the place to the women! Obviously only legend.....
To one side of the graveyard, in an outbuilding, is a tiny heritage centre depicting the history of the area. There are letters from children from the local school who are distant relatives of notorious reivers of these parts.
Address: Bewcastle church, Cumbria
Directions: From the east, take the A69 Newcastle-Carlisle road, turning right for Brampton, then right again for Lanercost Priory. Continue past the priory and up a sharp, bendy hill, turning left near the top where a hand painted sign indicates 'Bewcastle Church.