Caedmon’s Cross

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Church Lane, Whitby, United Kingdom

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Caedmon’s Cross Feb 15, 2018
The Caedmon’s Cross memorial is 20 foot high and is made of sandstone and taken from the Black Pasture Quarry in Northumberland consists of an Anglican Cross, to the front are carved panels of Christ in the act of blessing, of David playing the harp, of the Abbess Hild, and of Caedmon in the stable and was unveiled 21 September 1898 by Mr. Q Alfred Austin who was the Poet Laureate at the time. The inscription reads, "To the glory of God and in memory of Caedmon the father of English Sacred Song. Fell asleep hard by, 680.

Caedmon (AD 657-684) was a famous Anglo-Saxon poet who lived for most of his life at St Hilda’s monastic community of Streonaeshalch (Whitby), his role at the monastery was to care for the animals, it is said that Caedmon learned to compose one night in the course of a dream.

September 2017
Caedmon's Cross (2017)
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