Stone Cross

In the graveyard are St Finian's Church are a number of interesting stone monuments. Amongst them is this granite cross standing a 1.64 metres high. The cross tapers in from the bottom of the shaft to the top. At first glance the cross looked quite plain, but as I wandered across the graveyard towards the church, I noticed there was a badly weathered carving on the east face. I used some off camera flash to try and bring the carving out. You can just make out a circle with a worn cross in the centre. The west face of the cross, pictured immediate left, bears another weathered carving of a latin cross. The shaft is set in a boulder type granite base. To the south of the cross is a pillar stone, that may have marked a pre-Christian burial. The pillar stone, the norman motte, in the adjoining field, and the medieval church, all point to St Finian's of being a multi-period site.

Situated: The cross is located to the south of St Finian's C of I, Newcastle. The church is located on the northern side of the Main Road that passes through the town.

Discovery Map 50: N 9959 2879. Last visit Jan 2018.

Longitude:  6° 30' 21" W

Latitude:  53° 18' 0" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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