St Andrew’s Church

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5/5

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June, 2021

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This rather unassuming church is renowned for its Viking/Saxon crosses. Last time I “visited”:https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review/attraction/152776-review-st-andrew-s-church their big and famous cross (Cross B) was on display in the British Museum as part of an exhibition on the Vikings. Being back in the area, I decided to revisit to see it.

The church is set back from the road and surrounded by its graveyard. It is easy to miss when rushing past on the A170.

The three main crosses are displayed in the north aisle with the remains of a further two on a window ledge. All three crosses are impressive with their mix of pagan and Viking carvings. Photography was a bit difficult, especially of the ‘back side’ of the crosses as I couldn’t get far enough away from them, or was at an angle.

Cross A is now fairly well eroded. I have to confess that I actually found Cross C with its interlaced carving more impressive than its more famous brother with a carving of a “Viking warrior.”:https://i.pinimg.com/originals/7e/52/52/7e525229a58abaf1ed40413625a7f5be.jpg

There is a very good guide book in the church and also a ,lot of information about the crosses.

It is an attractive church. Don’t miss the medieval misericord in the choir or the blocked Saxon doorway at the base of the tower and C8th Anglian cross embedded in the wall above it.

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