Yes I attended the Reformation conference at the BM, it was
certainly the best conference I have attended; yes iconoclasm was
discussed but oddly enough wayside crosses were not mentioned
Cross - in-hand etc; there are several variants of this name
throughout Britain; I may be wrong but I was under the impression
that it referred to a cross adapted to serve as a signpost - "hands"
being an old term for the arms of a signpost. We certainly did have
one such in Norfolk but the council removed the signpost in the
fifties. We also have a placename, Broken Cross, which refers
solely to the fact that the crossroads is staggered - no evidence of
there ever having been a wayside cross there, unlike the Stump
Sussex - being ignorant I dont know if Alfriston is east or west
Sussex but between there and Berwick is a large crucifix erected
around 1919 to mark the spot where some ancient skeletons were
reinterred. They were thought to be Bronze Age. The theology of
that escapes me...
On an isolated hilltop above Ramsbottom, Lancs, used to be a
cross marking the edge of the forest of Rossendale. In 1930 it was
replaced by a new monument. Despite this being half an hours
walk from anywhere over desolate moorland, it is heavily vandalised
by spray paint. Dont blame Calvin for that one.