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Rey Cross, Bowes

Description: Rey Cross

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 17 June 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 111166

OS Grid Reference: NY9047112284
OS Grid Coordinates: 390471, 512284
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5058, -2.1487

Location: A66, Bowes, Durham DL12 9JS

Locality: Bowes
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DL12 9JS

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There is also a scheduled monument, Romano-British Settlement 740m Wnw of Old Spital, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

Listing Text

NY 81 SE and NY 91 SW (South side)

17/9 and 18/9 Rey Cross

Base and fragment of cross shaft. Probably C10. Sandstone.
Wrongly shown on both OS map sheets.
Badly-worn, 1.0-metre tall fragment of rectangular-plan cross shaft on a worn
square-plan base. Inscriptions on shaft no longer legible.

Rey or Rere Cross is believed to have been erected by King Edwin of Northumbria
(died 946) to mark the boundary of his Kingdom and the Scottish Kingdom of
Strathclyde. Eric Bloodaxe, the last Viking King, was killed at Rey Cross in
945 so marking the end of Viking rule in Northern England.

Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: NY9047112284

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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