Ruthwell Cross

Early Christian
One of the largest surviving pieces of Anglo-Saxon sculpture, the Ruthwell Cross was erected in the early 700s – then part of the Kingdom of Northumbria.

About Ruthwell Cross

Admire a major monument of early medieval Europe – a magnificent 5.2m tall carved stone cross.

The Ruthwell Cross has been described as the most important sculptural survival of Anglo-Saxon Britain. It was carved in the early 700s, when this part of Scotland lay within the Anglian kingdom of Northumbria.

The cross was probably used as a preaching cross – a focus to help priests bring the Christian gospel to their flock.

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