Ainhowe or Ana Cross is situated about ½ a mile east of Rosedale Chimney Bank on wild Spaunton Moor and has been a prominent landmark for hundreds of years.
It is built on a prehistoric bronze age burial mound (the 'howe' or 'tumulus' of Aine How), presumably to show that Christianity was now the new boss!
The cross has been restored quite recently and the difference in colour of the new shaft can be seen though it will soon weather to match the top part in due course.
The original cross can be seen in the crypt of Lastingham Church, about 2 miles south of this present structure which stands at an impressive height of over 3 metres. This makes it the tallest cross on the moors but at one time it stood even higher being approx 8 metres high !
A larger version of this scene can be viewed here
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