St Oswald's Cross and Church

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skida on March 2, 2008

According to Bede, King Oswald erected a cross on the high ground (where the church now stands) on the eve of his battle against the welsh, after a vision in which St Columba prophesised victory. The present cross by the roadside was erected in the 1930s to commemorate the battle. Extra Info

meteocoll on March 8, 2008

Peculiar composition! The flowerpots break, jejeje


skida on March 8, 2008

Thanks for visiting meteocoll. The flowerpots normally sit around the bottom of the cross, but someone had moved them because it was windy. Maybe that is how one got broken.

meteocoll on March 8, 2008

Jejeje, thank you very much by the explanation. Very been thankful.


trikermike on January 26, 2009

On yonder hill there stood a cross

Of timber roughly hewn

Erected by Oswald, King of old

For victory , in battle soon

Cadwallon he was to fight to save

Golden Kindom of Northumbria there

The Celts had threatened to overcome

Then foul the land and air

So Oswald prayed with all his men

And though they were but few

Fought the fiendish Celts and won

The Battle of Heavenfield

So stranger, traveller tourist here

Read of Christian ity's birth upon this isle

For peace then reigned with Gods true will

Because of battle on this hill. Mike C

Detail true but scarce writ here, For further detail yield, To search upon GOOGLE for 'Battle of Heavenfield'

Also see 'Holy Island@ & 'Ions' Early Christian Settlements.

Mike away fer me dinna noo!

skida on January 26, 2009

A veritable history in verse. Thanks Mike

trikermike on January 26, 2009

Aye, skida thanks marra just snatches of history from considerable knowledge base, coupled with a bit of Googling, mate!

lots more to the story, for instance how Oswald went on to Iona to entice the first settlement on Lindisfarne, to bring CHRISTIANITY TO THE gOLDEN kINGDOM of Northumbria, etc., etc., etc., and so on and so infinitum-but it's too long for a wee poem!


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