The Bewcastle Cross
The Bewcastle Cross is an eighth-century standing stone cross also found on a former Roman military site, medications in this case on the terrace just inside the gate. Approximately the same size as Ruthwell, purchase the severely weathered Bewcastle Cross still stands in its original location. It has the remains of a sundial on its south side and may have been painted and decorated with other metalwork or glass attachments. The west face is carved with three figural panels, of which two also appear on Ruthwell. The east side of the cross is decorated with a continuous vinescroll similar to Ruthwell; its north and south sides are carved with panels of interlace, geometric, and foliate ornament. The lowest panel on the west face shows a falconer wearing secular dress. This usually is understood to represent the deceased man commemorated in a now largely illegible runic inscription.
Bewcastle, October 10 2011
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