Monument details

HER Number:1631
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:The Bowstones


The Bowstones are two tenth century cross shafts set in a single massive base stone. They are the remains of two stone crosses set up as either memorials, markers or a meeting place. Each has a fillet around its top and traces of interlaced ornament which seems to indicate date not later than the 10th century. The name relates to the folk tradition that Robin Hood's men strung their bows here. This is a Scheduled Monument.

Predominantly found in the North of England, These highly decorated Anglo-Saxon crosses were put up throughout the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries. The cross heads were small in relation to the shafts, where the bulk of decoration is found. The cross heads could be circular or a plain cross. They are believed to be associated with both religious and community uses (such as burial markers, boundary stones or meeting places).


Monument Types

  • CROSS (AD 10TH CENTURY - 900 AD? to 999 AD?)
  • CROSS (AD 10TH CENTURY - 900 AD? to 999 AD?)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011116: The Bow Stones Anglian Cross Shafts

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