Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Ancient field monument

The medieval Challinor Buttercross is one of those things that would normally be only found in a museum. Yet, here it is, just standing by itself, in an isolated field - though near to Cheddleton Railway Station.

I’m so glad that it hasn’t been carted off to a dusty municipal gallery. Yes, it is at risk of bad-weather and vandalism, but it’s wonderful that it’s just been left alone too.

A buttercross marked the spot where country people in years gone by would meet - to buy, sell and barter their goods. They often were the prelude to an established market-place.

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