Rey Cross

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Rey Cross

Rey Cross is the remains of a stone cross at Stainmore. It is also known as Rere Cross or Rear Cross.

Purpose[edit]

Believed to have been ten feet tall, a long-held local legend states it was the burial place of Eric Bloodaxe, Viking Ruler of Northumbria.[1] However, Norman Davies posits that it was a "boundary stone . . . halfway between Penrith and Barnard Castle."[2]

Recent History[edit]

In 1989, the widening of route A66 was planned through Stainmore, and an excavation was done. No bones were found at the site, although it remains possible that Eric's burial might be elsewhere on the Stainmore moors. The remains of the monument were removed a short distance, and is easy accessible from the road.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bibby, Andrew, and John Morrison. The Backbone of England: Landscape and Life on the Pennine Watershed, p. 166. London: Frances Lincoln, 2008. Google Books.
  2. ^ Davies, Norman. "Alt Clud." Vanished Kingdoms: The Rise and Fall of States and Nations. New York: Viking, 2012. 72. Print.
  3. ^ Bibby, Andrew, and John Morrison. The Backbone of England: Landscape and Life on the Pennine Watershed, p. 166. London: Frances Lincoln, 2008. Google Books.

Coordinates: 54°30′21″N 2°08′55″W / 54.50579°N 2.14867°W / 54.50579; -2.14867