Bewcastle Cross & Museum

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Bewcastle Cross & Museum
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Bewcastle, Carlisle CA6, Carlisle CA6 England
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,131 contributions
So much to see in this remote hamlet. Well worth a visit.
Nov 2021
Perhaps the first thing that I should point out is that, although Bewcastle is listed as an attraction under Carlisle and also has a Carlisle postcode - it is quite a way from the city and almost in Northumberland. It is almost an hour’s drive from the city centre but, in my opinion, we’ll worth it.

Although there is little by way of facilities in Bewcastle (ie none!) and it seems to consist of a mere scattering of farms and cottages, there is much to discover here, ie:
The Church
The Cross
The “museum in a hut”
The ruined castle.

The church was built during the reign of Edward I, using stone from the Roman fort. In the 18th Century, it was rebuilt and the dedication changed to St Cuthbert. As one might expect in a small parish, the church itself is small and relatively simple. There is little of interest inside although I was fascinated to read of the scorn of the Bishop of Carlisle in 1703 when he complained about the church’s crumbling condition and suggested that the font looked like a pig’s trough!

The old font can be seen on the windowsill behind the pulpit and, although in considerable disrepair, it has a bit more style and substance to it that the rather horrid present-day one.

Of course most people come here to view the cross, or to be more accurate - the remains of the cross, because only the massive cross-shaft remains. It possibly dates back to the late 7th century and is in remarkably good condition when you consider that it has been exposed to the elements for all this time.

Ranked as one of the most important monuments in Britain, the 14ft 6 inch shaft is believed to have supported an Anglican Cross. In style, it is similar to the magnificent cross at Ruthwell in Scotland, although in much poorer condition.

The wee museum in the shed is a splendid endeavour and tells the story of the church, the castle and the area over the centuries, and is well worth a visit.

The castle is nothing more than a ruin, albeit a substantial one, and is visible from the church yard. It was, in effect, a fortified family home - considered a necessity in the time of the notorious Border Reivers. It was partially destroyed by the Scots in 1327, although they themselves occupied it in 1401. Thereafter, it was passed into the hands of members of the Royal family and was then passed down to a succession of non-Royal families.

The building now belongs to the local farm, but is cared for by English Heritage.
Written November 14, 2021
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_jennifer_lorch
Leamington Spa, UK9 contributions
A wonderful experience
Sep 2021
This Anglo-Saxon cross bears similarities with the one in Ruthwell Church but as it has always stood outside from the mid 8th century iit has weathered more. We were all moved by the care taken by the church and congregation at Bewcastle to present the cross and the local history. The church was open; there are helpful leaflets and booklets. There were tea-towels, aprons and cards to buy. The landscape is beautiful. Our visit was most rewarding. we could feel the love that has gone into maintaining this site.
Written October 1, 2021
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Richard S
Queensbury, UK727 contributions
Very remote site for Celtic Cross and a museum in a shack
Oct 2019
The area is part of Hadrians Wall World Heritige Site in the rugged splendour of the border region.
The Cross is weather beaten and the museum is very small but but very interesting with facts about the border reivers.
Written October 27, 2019
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lorraine clay
5 contributions
Superb
Apr 2019
It's a long and twisty road but worth the journey for this understated little spot which surprisingly has a Roman fort, Saxon church and Medieval castle. The museum is small but wel presented. Take a picnic as there are no facilities but you can sit on the sill of your boot and take in the sweeping Northumbrian views.
Written October 13, 2019
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Liz J
3 contributions
Beautiful location - Bewcastle Cross
Sep 2019
The event I attended was a celebration of the Border Reiving history of The Forgotten Lands – the far north east of Cumbria. The trail was completed on horseback through stunning countryside
Written September 25, 2019
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Nancy M
8 contributions
The Bewcastle Cross and St. Cuthbert's parish
Aug 2019
We had the rare priviledge of visiting Bewcastle church twice during our 23 day saty in the Borders. What a magical serene place it is and very awe inspiring. A very peaceful setting with a beautiful small museum. Off the beaten track and not crowded with tourists...we were so pleased to attend a Sunday evening service making it feel like time stood still for that brief hour. I would go back again and again.
Written September 11, 2019
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rmurray35
Coventry, UK8 contributions
Bewcastle Cumbria
Aug 2019 • Family
Beautiful peaceful place perfect location to unwind for your holidays. Demesne cottage is a home from home and owner and family are the perfect hosts making your stay as comfortable as can be we would highly recommend this lovely Hiden off the beaten track place of beauty.
Written August 6, 2019
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reevefamily2016
Clevedon, UK30 contributions
A major historic site
May 2019 • Couples
Sometimes you have to go in search of history. Bewcastle is north of Hadrians wall with the church built within the walls of a Roman outpost. It has one of a small few of stunning early Christian crosses. It is 7th century erected by the monks from Jarrow and contains rare Syrian iconography. It is stunning
Written June 5, 2019
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penny025
Carlisle, UK497 contributions
Interesting
Nov 2018 • Family
If you are out this way the cross is worth seeing, the Celtic designs are lovely as is the setting. Afterwards try to find Meg Merilees grave.
Written November 27, 2018
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Andrea Whigham I
Cumbria, UK68 contributions
Quite unique
Apr 2018 • Couples
a little touch of history and a real. feeling of times gone by.
You will most likely have the place to yourself so enjoy. Amazing photos
Written April 29, 2018
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