Monument details

HER Number:1404/1/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Churchyard cross at St Mary's Church


Medieval Church Cross at St Mary's Church, Nether Alderley. It is grade II listed and a Scheduled Monument . The base of the cross is square below and then shaped to octagonal above. There is a rectangular shaft set into it which has been cut off and shows the setting for a sundial (now missing). The east face has the letter B carved on it.

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 Britain but many were destroyed during the reformation. There are now less than 2000 crosses remaining, many incomplete.


Monument Types

  • CEMETERY (Graveyard, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CHURCH (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1017840: Churchyard Cross At St Mary's Church; Conservation Area (Active) 068: Nether Alderley Conservation Area; Listed Building (II) 1366180: CHURCHYARD CROSS

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