Thursday, 18 March 2010

Preaching cross, Great Ormside

Preaching Cross
Great Ormside

The church of St James, Ormside Hall and the remains of a preaching cross, lay just to the north of the tiny hamlet of Great Ormside.

This Grade II listed monument lays at the side of the road that runs up the church.

This is thought to be late medieval in date, and consists of a stepped base minus the cross. Local tradition has it that the cross itself was destroyed sometime during the Commonwealth, and the base dismantled. When Charles II was restored to the throne, the base was returned to it's original position and a sycamore tree planted in the centre to replace the lost cross.

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