|Type of record:||Archaeology|
The Bowstones are two late Anglian Cross shafts set in a single massive base stone. Each has a fillet around its top and traces of interlaced ornament which seems to indicate date not later than the 10th century. The name relates to the tradition of Robin Hood's men stringing their bows here. The crosses are comparable with a group of stones in the North of England which are dated pre-Norman. This is a Scheduled Monument.
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)
|Parish:||LYME HANDLEY, MACCLESFIELD, CHESHIRE EAST|
- CROSS ( 2 of, Late Saxon - 800 AD to 1099 AD)
- CROSS SHAFT ( 2 of, Late Saxon - 800 AD to 1099 AD)
|Protected Status:||Scheduled Monument 22589: The Bow Stones Anglian Cross Shafts|