Saturday, 25 May 2013

Scarborough, The Butter Cross

The Butter Cross
North Yorkshire

First mentioned in 1547, the Butter Cross could possibly date from the 14th century. Some of the decoration, sadly now very weathered, is similar to crosses and their shafts that have been reliably dated to this period. 

The Butter Cross now stands at the junction of Low Conduit Street and St Mary's Street, but would once have stood, complete and with a carved head, in Cross Street. Why it was moved to this spot, hidden away from all but those who accidentally stumble upon it, is beyond me.

Like many towns and villages throughout England, Scarborough originally had more than this single cross. Town documents mention the Haldene Cross, the Corn Cross and the Rede Cross...but sadly these have all since vanished. If you take a closer look, some carved decoration can still be seen, though the stone is very badly weathered.

1 comment:

dolphin said...

You solved the problem for us.It took a bit of searching, and needed some creative questions to Mr Google . My husband and I came across it on our wandering through the streets of Scarborough. How sad that it doesn't even have a plaque to tell others what it once was.