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1. Escomb

RecordAuthor Máirín Mac Carron
ISODate 2002-07-30
Date 30 July 2002
PictureCredit Jane Hawkes
County Durham
Townland Escomb
OSMapRef NZ 185305
Area England
GeneralContext Cross slab.
Location Church at Escomb.
Dimensions 54.5cm (21.5'') high/long, 31.5cm (12.4'') to 22cm (8.7'') wide, and 11.5cm (4'') deep.
GeneralContext Stone type: medium-grained, massive sandstone.
GeneralDescription Cross slab, or possibly grave-marker, dated to the late eighth or early ninth century.
GeneralDescription The sides and the arched top are framed by a flat-band moulding. The cross is elevated and set in a single-block base. The shaft of the cross tapers sharply to the cross-head. The head is surrounded by a fine roll moulding. There is a large boss in the centre of the cross, with an incised line which may be secondary. In the centre of each arm there is a small roundel. On either side of the shaft, just below the cross-head there are bosses, which seem to have been decorated. These may have represented the sun and moon (Hawkes).

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