The Gosforth Cross
is a large stone Anglo-Saxon high cross
in the churchyard at Gosforth
in the English
county of Cumbria
, an area heavily settled by Vikings
. It has elaborate carvings which have been interpreted as representing characters and scenes from Norse mythology
. Those include:
The cross also has Christian symbolism, including a depiction of the crucifixion of Christ.
The cross is 4.4 metres tall and made out of red sandstone. It is estimated to date from 920-950 and is still in fairly good condition. The church also has important hogback tombs.