Monument details

HER Number:1163/1/6
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Standing Cross St Mary's churchyard


Scheduled Monument and Grade II listed Cross Base and Shaft in Churchyard of St Mary. The 16th century yellow sandstone cross-base is now a sundial.

Standing Crosses are usually of stone and date from the medieval period, mid 10th to mid 16th centuries AD. They served a variety of purposes from places of prayer and pilgrimage to places of public proclamation. At one time there were over 12,000 of these crosses throughout Britian but many were destroyed during the reformation. There are now less than 2000 crosses remaining, many incomplete. The conversion to a sundial is indicative of Catholic recusants protecting the sculpture from being totally demolished.


Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (Graveyard, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • CROSS BASE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SUNDIAL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • VILLAGE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (old) (II) 4/58: Title not entered; Scheduled Monument 1020625: Standing Cross In St Mary's Churchyard; Listed Building (II) 1138741: CROSS BASE AND SHAFT IN CHURCHYARD OF ST MARY; Conservation Area

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council - Working in Partnership
Heritage Lottery Fund