Figures in Stone (1)

Cross Shaft from Norbury

Norbury is a small village in Derbyshire, close to the River Dove and the border with Staffordshire. In the church there are two cross shafts, one of which features a warrior figure. The figure appears to have breasts and it isn’t a giant leap to suggest that this figure could be a representation of Æthelflæd. In the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Sculpture for Derbyshire and Staffordshire it is dated to the 10th century. As demonstrated in my page on Vikings in South Derbyshire Norbury was within the Danelaw and would have been reconquered by Æthelflæd around 917 when Derby was retaken

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