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Cross and Hand wayside cross 670m south of the Friary of St Francis

A Scheduled Monument in Batcombe, Dorset


Uploader's Comments

Pevsner: 'a stone shaft with a rough capital. Possibly pre-Conquest'. In Hardy's 'Tess', called
the Cross-in-Hand, described as a 'strange rude monolith', and still known by that name locally. Fairly recently awarded a small protective enclosure by DCC, with a tiny stile. High up on the Batcombe ridge with spectacular 180ยบ views - on a clear day, as far as Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor. There was 70p in small change on the top when I took this photo, proving that some superstitions never die.

Uploaded by Keith Salvesen on 28 October 2020

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