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Sunday, 03 May 2015

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International interest in local monuments

A GROUP of international researchers have enjoyed a wealth of material on a visit to local churchyards.

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delight: The visitors enjoy the world-famous Viking cross at St Mary's

The party spent two days in Cumbria studying our historic monuments and carvings. Including associate professor Lilla Kopar, the director of the Washington DC-based Centre for Medieval Studies, the group visited places of interest, including St Bridget’s Church (Beckermet), Irton Church and St Bees Priory and researched the local Viking and Anglo-Saxon history.

The party found particular fascination in the 15ft-high Viking cross at St Mary’s Church, Gosforth, where they received a warm welcome from the churchwardens Graham Brassington and Norma Hughes.

The visit was organised by the University of Chester, in conjunction with the Runes, Monuments and Memorial Carvings group, and the photographs kindly taken by Whitehaven News reader Sheila Ann Cartwright.

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