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Lilla Cross is a 10th Century Anglo-Saxon stone cross, erected on a Bronze Age barrow known as Lilla Howe, on Fylingdales Moor. It is commonly known as the oldest Christian cross on the North York Moors. According to folklore, the site marks the burial of Lilla, a minister of some kind in the court of King Edwin of Northumbria. In 626 an assassin from Wessex attempted to kill Edwin but Lilla leapt in front of the blade, selflessly sacrificing himself for his king. In honour of his bravery and recent conversion to Christianity, Edwin had Lilla buried in the barrow that now bears his name.
It is certainly true that the barrow was re-used for Northumbrian burials, and some grave goods may have originated from Scandinavia. The cross is from several centuries later, but may reflect a true story. Unfortunately the various carvings are much later, signifying land boundaries. The site is now a Scheduled Monument and popular walking waypoint.
208 images captured in March 2021.