Monument details

HER Number:1109/0/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Sandbach Crosses


Scheduled Monument and grade I listed pair of Saxon crosses in the Market Square at Sandbach. They date to the early 9th century. Both crosses are decorated on all faces with carved figures, animals, vine scrolls and the taller cross has biblical scenes. The original site where they stood is unknown. They are known to have been moved in the 17th century to Utkinton by Sir John Crewe. After his death they were moved to Tarporley and then to Oulton Park. In 1816 they were re-erected in Sandbach.The taller cross has a mutilated head and the shorter one a truncated shaft with the mutilated head of another cross. They may commemorate the introduction of Christianity in Mercia by Peada, son of Penda, King of Mercia, in 653.

Predominantly found in the North of England, These highly decorated Anglo-Saxon crosses were put up throughout the 8th, 9th and 10th centuries. The cross heads were small in relation to the shafts, where the bulk of decoration is found. The cross heads could be circular or a plain cross. They are believed to be associated with both religious and community uses (such as burial markers, boundary stones or meeting places)


Monument Types

  • CROSS ( 2 of, Saxon - 410 AD to 1065 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011144: Sandbach Anglo-Saxon Crosses; Conservation Area; Listed Building (I) 1159937: SANDBACH CROSSES

Related records

1109/0/0Related to: Sandbach (Monument)

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