Category Archives: Saxon & Viking Age Sculpture,

Quernmore Dark Age Burial, near Lancaster

A link to the Lancashire Dark Ages was revealed when a car park was being constructed  for the Jubilee Tower near Quernmore. In 1973 a local man, James Marshall was walking his dog near the folly, when his attention was caught by a wooden object … Continue reading

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Godley Lane Cross and Shorey Well, Burnley

Godley Lane Cross is a one of a number of historical monuments that stand  on a small piece of land at the back of what was Burnley Grammar School. It would be easy to miss the cross when walking past on the … Continue reading

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Tocca’s Stone, St Stephens Churchyard, Tockholes

Tocca’s Stone can be found as part of a monument in St. Stephen’s churchyard. The monument consists of a slim cross shaft with the oddly shaped Tocca’s stone beside it. Both of these pieces of sculpture rest on a cross base. Below this is … Continue reading

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Viking Age Cross Head, Church Inn, Prestwich

This fragment of a cross head was found in the wall that surrounds the churchyard of St Mary’s, Prestwich. The wall is fairly recent in date, built around 1975 from stones found in the churchyard. This would indicate that the … Continue reading

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Bolton Parish Church Viking Age Crosses and Sculpture

Inside Bolton Parish Church (St Peter’s), just behind the front desk is a large Viking Age cross. It’s wonderful that this monument is so prominently displayed, but a big desk does obscure a large part of the front of this tall free standing cross. A good view of … Continue reading

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Haslingden Late Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age Double Cross Socket

In St James’s Churchyard, by the base of the church tower is a massive double socket stone, which once held two crosses. Dating from the 10-11th century, the crosses may well have had Viking design and motifs on them, as … Continue reading

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Whalley Viking Age Crosses, Whalley

In the churchyard of  St Mary’s Parish Church Whalley, are three substantial sized Viking age crosses. Over the last thousand years they have been knocked down, broken up, and  used as  field fence posts.  What we see today are re-erected shafts, some topped with mismatched … Continue reading

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