Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Milnthorpe market cross, Milnthorpe

Market Cross

This is another Grade II listed market cross, this time situated in the market square in Milnthorpe, just off the A6.

Both the shaft and base probably date from the 18th century, whilst the top portion possibly dates from the 13th century (or is at least an early repair or replacement) Local records make mention of the 'new cross' in 1823, possibly referring to the new base and shaft. In 1845, the whole cross was taken down and mounted on top of a lock up that was built on this site, used for securing criminals. The lock up was removed in 1862, and the cross mounted on the ground again.

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