Hi there folks, am excited to share images and thoughts on my recce to the Gosforth Cross in Cumbria, England last week. It was over 40 years ago that I was here last, when as a sixth former I came especially to draw this very special artefact. I had thought I wouldn’t be able to get there this time as plans and arrangements fell through at every turn. However, as so often I find once I let go of trying to control events, I was able to arrange some drawing time there on a brief visit to my favourite valley of Eskdale. I’d prepared all my drawing things before leaving and just hoped for dry weather on the Tuesday morning as I drove towards St.Mary’s church Gosforth where it stands. Here are some shots of the context and the cross itself with it’s fascintating mix of Christian and Viking iconography from 920-950 AD . Don’t forget to click images to enlarge, some work some don’t but the detail is great when it does!