Inside job saves cross from elements

Innerleithen's 'Runic  Cross' is back on display in its new home inside Innerleithen Church of Scotland where it is safe from the elements that were causing some deterioration.
Innerleithen's 'Runic Cross' is back on display in its new home inside Innerleithen Church of Scotland where it is safe from the elements that were causing some deterioration.

Innerleithen’s Runic Cross is back on display in its new home inside the town’s Church of Scotland where it is safe from the elements that were causing deterioration.

The cross, which is believed to be part of the shaft of an ancient high cross, was on a fine plinth in front of the church, but had to be removed when the building was cloaked in scaffolding for roof and stonework repairs. It was realised during removal that the stone was suffering from being in a prominent but exposed position.

It was agreed that it should be housed in the Old Session House entrance to the church. The kirk session decided that information boards, new lighting and redecoration should be provided to enable visitors to appreciate the cross.

Community councillors, civic association, Games committee, Masons, Rotarians, Probus club, Vale Club, and Innerleithen, Traquair and Walkerburn Church of Scotland contributed to give the cross a fitting home. Scottish Borders Council’s museum and archaeology services were also involved.

The church entertained representatives of those who helped with the project to a launch party for the interpretation centre.