Some members of the cathedral family have contributed to the purchasing of an Anglo-Saxon-themed cross, currently in the south transept at Hereford Cathedral. It was made by BA (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts student Eunice Bell, and featured in last December’s Crafting the Cathedral exhibition.

Saxon Cross 1

Saxon Cross

Eunice studied the decorative elements of the Hereford Gospels, and the design of the cross and its shaft refer to those.  The brass roundels represent the seven ‘I am…’ sayings of Jesus in St John’s Gospel (the Light of the World, the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, and so on). The cross can be viewed from either side, both cross-head and roundels being decorated front and back.

Eunice said that, from the outset, she felt that the cross belonged in the cathedral; with no prompting from her several others thought the same thing and arranged to buy it.

Hereford Cathedral is grateful to those who contributed in allowing this devotional object to be retained for use in the cathedral.

Saxon Cross 2

Eunice Bell with the Saxon Cross