Category Archives: Crosses

Although the symbol itself is a pre-christian one, to most of us it means that dreadfully boring religious crap we’ve had to contend with since childhood. But relics of old stone crosses, which scatter Britain in huge numbers, relate to periods in our history when the xtian ways were damning the ways of our indigenous ancestors – sometimes with frightening furore: burning, hanging and torturing British people for not accepting their screwy ways. The stone crosses which we find today as archaeological relics, tended to be positioned where earlier heathen sites were found – and as a result of this, I thought it important to include such sites on TNA. But these relics took various forms, each relating to the function of the site it meant to supplant or suppress: market crosses, boundary crosses, village crosses, wayside crosses, etc. You’ll find them all here!

Eaves Green Cross, near Goosnargh, Lancashire

Cross (ruins):  OS Grid Reference – SD 56770 37765 Also Known as: Historic England Monument No. 42651 Getting Here Travelling east out of Goosnargh on the B5269, go straight ahead onto Camforth Hall Lane, follow it northwards and take the … Continue reading

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Barton Cross Stone, Barton Lane, Barton, Lancashire

Cup Marked Stone:  OS Grid Reference – SD 53500 37332  —  NEW FIND Getting Here At the roadside, on the south side of Barton Lane, where it crosses the minor road joining Cross House Farm and Barton House. Archaeology & … Continue reading

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Tom Cross, Colne, Lancashire

Cross:  OS Grid Reference – SD 92102 43175 Also Known as: Copy House Cross Getting Here Follow the same directions as if you’re visiting the Dissenter’s Well.  The cross stands right next to it! Archaeology & History This is one of … Continue reading

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Strand Cross, Westminster, London, Middlesex

Cross (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – TQ 3077 8093 Also Known as Stone Cross of the Strand Archaeology & History First mentioned in Latin manuscripts from 1274 CE, the best description of this long lost monument, curiously, appears to be … Continue reading

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Market Cross, Halesowen, Worcestershire

Cross:  OS Grid Reference – SO 9666 8356 Archaeology & History This history of this probable late-medieval monument is fragmentary.  It presently stands in the southeast corner of St John the Baptist churchyard, but used to be in the middle … Continue reading

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Broken Cross, Westminster, London, Middlesex

Cross (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – TQ 322 812 Archaeology & History In truly that most unholy of places in England—Westminster, London—there was, in bygone times, a slightly more sacred site which, earlier still, might have been where a standing … Continue reading

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Cow Cross, Finsbury, London, Middlesex

Cross (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – TQ 3180 8181 Archaeology & History Not far from the long lost Fag Well could once be seen this old stone monument.  Although not illustrated on the first Ordnance Survey maps of the inner city, … Continue reading

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Mercat Cross, Clackmannan, Clackmannanshire

Cross:  OS Grid Reference – NS 91109 91890 Also Known as: Burgh Cross Canmore ID 48318 Clackmannan Cross Market Cross Getting Here Take the A907 road between Alloa and Kincardine, and up the B910 into Clackmannan.  To get into the village, … Continue reading

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Reap’s Cross, Heptonstall Moor, West Yorkshire

Cross:  OS Grid Reference – SD 94360 30269 Also Known as: Long Stoop Ralph’s Cross Getting Here From Hebden Bridge go up the Heptonstall road, going round the village and onto and through Slack, keeping straight on the road until … Continue reading

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Mitton Green Cross, Great Mitton, Lancashire

Cross:  OS Grid Reference — SD 71217 39613 Also Known as: Toot Hill Cross Getting Here From Great Mitton village centre, take the B6246 road NW turning right up the B6243 road a quarter-mile past Great Mitton Hall.  Same distance … Continue reading

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