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placename:- Gosforth Cross
site name:- St Mary's Church
locality:- Gosforth
parish Gosforth parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
coordinates:- NY07230357
10Km square:- NY00

1Km square NY0703


Gosforth Cross -- St Mary's Church -- Gosforth -- Gosforth -- Cumbria / -- 4.4.2007

Gosforth Cross -- St Mary's Church -- Gosforth -- Gosforth -- Cumbria / -- 25.6.2009

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 73:-
... in the churchyard a tall cross of British or Danish origin, sculptured on its four faces with various figures and devices. ...
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
image OT01P132, button   goto source.
Page 132:-
... the village of Gosforth, where a tall column carved with unintelligible characters stands in the church-yard on the right; ...
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old print:- Pearson 1900s

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Print, halftone photograph, Ancient Cross in Gosforth Churchyard, Cumberland, published by C Arthur Pearson, Henrietta Street, London, 1900s.
On p.49 of Pearson's Gossipy Guide to the English Lakes and Neighbouring Districts.
printed at bottom:-
date:- 1900=1909
period:- 1900s

old print:- Bogg 1898

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Print, engraving, Gosforth Cross, Gosforth, Cumberland, published by Edmund Bogg, 3 Woodhouse Lane, and James Miles, Guildford Street, Leeds, Yorkshire, 1898.
Included on p.208 of Lakeland and Ribblesdale, by Edmund Bogg.
period:- 19th century, late

old print:- Calverley 1899

Notes on the Early Sulptured Crosses, Shrines and Monuments in the Present Diocese of Carisle, by Rev William Slater Calverley, edited by W G Collingwood, published for the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, by Titus Wilson, Kendal, Westmorland, 1899.
In St Mary's churchyard:-
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Loki bound in Hel's dark home, with gyves round hands and feet, a bond round his neck, the adder round him with its body fastened to a ring above. Sigun kneels with poison cup in hand. The poison dripping on Loki makes him shudder, the cause of earthquakes.
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Heimdal, the warder of Asgard, with spear and Giallar horn, restrains the monsters before the last battle of Ragnarok.
South face:-
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Engravings by M Petersen.
East Face:-
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Sketch by W S Calverley.
Referred to as the crucifixion panel:-
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Perhaps Odin, perhaps Baldr, wounded by a spear. The spear held, perhaps, by blind Hodr, and the wife of Baldr, Nanna, on the right.
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Vidar, son of Odin, his shoe on the jaw of the beast, Fenrir wolf, slays him.
Engravings by M Petersen.
date:- 1899
period:- 19th century, late; 1890s

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