This is a scenic small Church about half of
a mile east of the small Village of Ruthwell,
where there is the Savings
Banks Museum founded by the Church
Minister, another popular attraction.
The Cross is in the centre of the Church by
the Alter. It is 18ft high, placed in a lowered
section of the floor.
600s - Ruthwell Church was completed,
dedicated to St Cuthbert.
680s - the Ruthwell Cross was completed in
the Church yard at a time when the Village of
Ruthwell was part of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of
This is claimed to be the finest example of
a Celtic Christian Monument to be found
anywhere. It also contains text of English
Poetry, predating any Manuscripts containing
Old English Poem.
1642 - the Cross was broken up by the Church
of Scotland after the Reformation ended
Catholic worship in Scotland. Pieces of the
Cross were then scattered around the