Halton, St Wilfrid's Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Viking cross fragments
The Halton cross stands some 4.5 metres high and probably dates to the 10th or 11th century. What is fascinating about the Halton cross is that it is carved with both Christian and Viking symbols, the latter illustrating the story of Sigurd and his combat with the dragon Fafnir.
The top of the cross was removed in the 16th century, and the shaft was used as a sundial. In the late Victorian period, a new top was added in a rough approximation of the original.
A pair of early grave slabs are set into the wall of the porch, and there are further fragments of Saxon crosses under the tower. There is also a very fine mausoleum for the Bradshaw family, built in classical style around 1775. Near the church are the remnants of an 11th-century Norman motte and bailey fortification.
About Halton, St Wilfrid's Church
Address: Church Brow, Halton, Lancashire, England, LA2 6LR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Halton is just off Junction 34 of the M6
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