We have one cross shaft base with a fragment of shaft surviving in East Sussex. It's survival is because it marked the boundary of a major local estate. The owners, the Gage family, were Catholic, so that might have helped its survival too.
During the 19th century a local antiquarian also suggested that a number of place names in the county, such as Cross at Hand and Golden Cross, might also point to lost wayside crosses but they might just as well signify the crossroads that bear those names as there is little evidence of the supposed crosses.
I also recall a preaching cross on the edge of the village of Swineshead in Lincolnshire. The village also had a market cross.
From: david petts [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 02 April 2001 11:35
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Subject: Medieval Wayside Crosses
I have been doing some work on medieval wayside crosses in the Channel
Islands, and I have been hunting for parallels in the UK, but beyond evidence
for market crosses and churchyard crosses I can find no evidence for the wider
use of crosses at roadsides. Is this purely because they were all destroyed in
the Reformation or is it that it never developed as a tradition in Britian
unlike the Continent.
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