Monument details

HER Number:893
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Maiden's Cross


Maiden's Cross, is grade II listed and a Scheduled Monument. This sandstone block was originally the base of a wayside cross. The schedule description says that the square slot is carved in the side facing west and this side used to be the top and so the slot forms the socket hole for a cross shaft.

The listing description describes the base as having a chamber cut into front face of stone which was interpreted as being used during plague quarantine for the exchange of goods and money. Additional archaeological investigation found the "chamber" to be the cross socket.

Maidens Cross base has lost a shaft and been tipped over on its side. The base survives in good condition and it is in its original location as both a wayside cross and a marker for the old boundary between Alvanley and Manley. Such as survival in Cheshire is rare.

In 2005, following vehicular damage to the stone in its buried location an archaeoligcal investigation was carried out. In 2015 the cross base was re postioned onto its actual base so the socket was on its top surface.


Monument Types

  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1013785: The Maiden'S Cross, Wayside Cross 520M Ssw Of Four Lane Ends; Listed Building (II) 1138489: MAIDENS CROSS AT NGR 5143 7357

Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council - Working in Partnership
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