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.
- Historic England. "Stone (59280)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 7 February 2011.
- Fowler, J.T. (1868). "Notes on the Discovery of a Shaft of a Stone Cross, with a Runic Inscription, at Crowle Church, Lincolnshire". Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London (4): 187–190.
- Historic England. "Church (59287)". Research records (formerly PastScape). Retrieved 7 February 2011.