Monument details

HER Number:241/1/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Stepped cross base in the churchyard of St Leonard's Church


Grade II listed remains of churchyard cross, comprising three steps and a socket stone, surmounted by a later shaft which formerly held a sundial. It is also a Scheduled Monument. The base of the cross is dated to around 1298 or later. The 18th century sundial (now removed) was on a limestone pillar set into the base.

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 sites of public proclamation. At one time there were over 12,000 of these crosses throughout Britain but many were destroyed during the reformation. There are now less than 2000 crosses remaining, many incomplete.


Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • CROSS BASE (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • VILLAGE (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1017839: Stepped Cross Base In The Churchyard Of St Leonard's Church; Conservation Area; Listed Building (old) (I) 2/18: Title not entered

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