This was originally carved as a cross shaft and until 1919 it was used as a lintel over the west door. The preservation of the stone is almost certainly as a result of the Norman masons reusing it when the church was built in 1150.
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.
- Further information can be found at: 
- A photo can be found here: [dead link]
- Images of the stone can also be found in Durham University's Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture:
- 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.