Category Archives: Wayside Crosses

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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St Helen’s Well and Cross, Whittle le Woods

St Helen’s Well was a much visited site for hundreds of years. Local people would collect spring water from it and also deposit offerings of metal pins. Destroyed in 1968, the well has not  been restored, but is now marked by a celtic stone cross and … Continue reading

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Mab’s Cross, Wigan

On Standishgate, one of the main approaches to Wigan town centre, is the remains of a medieval wayside cross. This was one of four crosses found along the medieval route from Wigan to Chorley. The cross dates from the 13th Century, … Continue reading

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Foldys Cross, Towneley Hall, Burnley

In the grounds of Towneley Hall stands the impressive monument of  Foldys Cross. Like many large churchyard and wayside crosses, over the years it has been damaged, moved and repaired. It once stood by the south door of Burnley Parish Church, and … Continue reading

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Affetside Cross, Tottington, Bury

Affetside originally had two wayside crosses, marking the medieval route of Watling Street. The route itself is even older, and is based on the Roman road that links the Manchester and Ribchester Roman forts. English Heritage gives details of a … Continue reading

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