Crowle Stone

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The Stone

The Crowle Stone is the remains of an Anglo-Saxon cross at the back of the Church of England parish church of St Oswald at Crowle, Lincolnshire.[1][2]

This was originally carved as a cross shaft and until 1919 it was used as a lintel over the west door.[1][2] The preservation of the stone is almost certainly as a result of the Norman masons reusing it when the church was built in 1150.[3]

The stone measures 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) in height 16 in (410 mm) thick and 8.5 in (220 mm) wide.

The stone is ornately carved on all three sides. At the bottom of one face there is a runic inscription which would date the cross shaft as being before 950 as the use of runes had almost completely died out by then.


  1. ^ a b "National monument record:Stone". 
  2. ^ a b Fowler, J.T. (1868). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London (4): 187, 378–9.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "National monument record:Church". 
  • Further information can be found at: [1]
  • A photo can be found here: [2][dead link]
  • Images of the stone can also be found in Durham University's Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture:[3]
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Harris, John (23 November 1989). Antram, Nicholas, ed. Lincolnshire. The Buildings of England (2 ed.). Pevsner Architectural Guides. ISBN 978-0-14-071027-4. 

Coordinates: 53°36′28″N 0°50′07″W / 53.6077°N 0.8352°W / 53.6077; -0.8352