Sunday, 28 March 2010

Road side cross marker, Kendal

Road side cross marker
Stonecross Road

This strange marker stone can be found on the grass verge where Stonecross Road meets Milnthorpe Road. As place names in this area suggest: Stonecross Manor, Stonecross Road....there was most likely a roadside preaching cross somewhere in this area. All that now remains is this small marker stone, buried in the undergrowth at the road side.

This cross was still in existence in the 16th century, and was one of a number of crosses that could be found on the roads into town, where travellers would stop to offer a prayer before setting off on their journeys.

Maps of 1860 and 1890 do not show this cross, so it must have vanished sometime between the 16th and 17th centuries.

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