Category Archives: Wayside Crosses

The Starting Chair, Moor Park, Preston

Visitors to Moor Park may be surprised to see a large standing stone at its northern end. While it looks like a prehistoric stone from some long lost circle, its use was much more recent.  It is called the “Starting Chair” … Continue reading

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Sherburne Cross, Moor Park, Preston

By the north entrance to Moor Park, just off the Blackpool Road, stands Sherburne Cross. The stone shaft is modern, but the base socket could well be medieval. Just beside the base is a small stone plaque that reads “The base … Continue reading

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Ellen Strange Memorial and Cairn, Holcombe Moor, Helmshore near Bury

On Holcombe Moor stands a stone pillar next to a cairn. The cairn traditionally marks the place where a woman, Ellen Strange, was murdered in 1761. The circumstances of her death and the trial of her murderer were for many years … Continue reading

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Hob Cross, Lathom, West Lancashire

The site of Hob Cross  would have dated back to Medieval times, and even possibly before. Hob is a word to describe a type of supernatural being that lived in the more remote areas of the countryside. In Lancashire a similar term might be … Continue reading

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Leyland Town Cross and Well

At the centre of the oldest part of Leyland stands the town cross and well. The cross shaft and steps are probably medieval and the well would have been a useful water source in the early days of the settlement. Leyland is one … Continue reading

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Newburgh Cross, near Lathom, West Lancashire

At the highest point of Newburgh village green stands Newburgh Cross. The cross itself is modern, but its socket base and steps are much older. Some sources have suggested a 17th-18th century date but others go as far as suggesting … Continue reading

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Godley Lane Cross and Shorey Well, Burnley

Godley Lane Cross is a one of a number of historical monuments that stand  on a small piece of land at the back of what was Burnley Grammar School. It would be easy to miss the cross when walking past on the … Continue reading

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Holden Cross Base, Victoria Park, Haslingden

Leaning up against the clock tower in Haslingden’s Victoria Park is a huge, square cross base. This is the surviving remnant of Holden Cross, which was actually situated not here but nearby to Holden Hall, off the Haslingden Grane Road. Many wayside … Continue reading

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Doffcocker Cross, Johnson Fold, Bolton

Doffcocker or Haliwell Cross is  made from a single, huge slab of stone and stands in the church grounds of St James the Great, Bolton. This impressive monument is over seven feet tall and it’s well worth a visit to the Johnson Fold … Continue reading

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Tailor’s Cross and Low Well, Foulridge

Like many wayside crosses, Tailor’s Cross has more than one name. It’s also called Maiden’s Cross and unsurprisingly, Foulridge Cross. At first glance, it may look fairly unassuming, dwarfed as it is by the Foulridge War Memorial it stands alongside. … Continue reading

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