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Market cross at junction of High Street, Low Street and Haxey Lane

A Scheduled Monument in Haxey, North Lincolnshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4885 / 53°29'18"N

Longitude: -0.8346 / 0°50'4"W

OS Eastings: 477420.098464

OS Northings: 399721.535309

OS Grid: SK774997

Mapcode National: GBR QXM3.35

Mapcode Global: WHFFK.4KTZ

Entry Name: Market cross at junction of High Street, Low Street and Haxey Lane

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015537

English Heritage Legacy ID: 26616

County: North Lincolnshire

Civil Parish: Haxey

Built-Up Area: Haxey

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire

Church of England Parish: Haxey St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Lincoln

Details

The monument includes the base and part of the shaft of a medieval market
cross located in the centre of the public highway at the east end of Haxey, at
the junction of High Street, Low Street and Haxey Lane.
The cross, which is listed Grade II, stood on a limestone platform 1.5m square
and 0.3m high which itself
stands on a plinth of modern brickwork. The base, also of limestone, measures
0.8m square and is 0.3m high. The surviving shaft section, which sits in the
base, is 0.4m square and 0.45m high. It has a square-section base, the corners
of which are cut away as it rises in height to give an octagonal drum shape at
the top. A hollow socket in the top would have provided a secure setting for
another section of shaft now lost. The shaft fragment is now secured to the
base by iron fittings. The cross occupies its original position and is one of
three crosses in Haxey. Traditionally the crosses were associated with the
`Haxey Hood' game held each year on the sixth of January.
The paved surface of the modern highways are excluded from the scheduling,
although the ground beneath them is included.

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Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

A standing cross is a free standing upright structure, usually of stone,
mostly erected during the medieval period (mid 10th to mid 16th centuries AD).
Standing crosses served a variety of functions. In churchyards they served as
stations for outdoor processions, particularly in the observance of Palm
Sunday. Elsewhere, standing crosses were used within settlements as places for
preaching, public proclamation and penance, as well as defining rights of
sanctuary. Standing crosses were also employed to mark boundaries between
parishes, property, or settlements. A few crosses were erected to commemorate
battles. Some crosses were linked to particular saints, whose support and
protection their presence would have helped to invoke. Crosses in market
places may have helped to validate transactions. After the Reformation, some
crosses continued in use as foci for municipal or borough ceremonies, for
example as places for official proclamations and announcements; some were the
scenes of games or recreational activity.
Standing crosses were distributed throughout England and are thought to have
numbered in excess of 12,000. However, their survival since the Reformation
has been variable, being much affected by local conditions, attitudes and
religious sentiment. In particular, many cross-heads were destroyed by
iconoclasts during the 16th and 17th centuries. Less than 2,000 medieval
standing crosses, with or without cross-heads, are now thought to exist. The
oldest and most basic form of standing cross is the monolith, a stone shaft
often set directly in the ground without a base. The most common form is the
stepped cross, in which the shaft is set in a socket stone and raised upon a
flight of steps; this type of cross remained current from the 11th to 12th
centuries until after the Reformation. Where the cross-head survives it may
take a variety of forms, from a lantern-like structure to a crucifix; the more
elaborate examples date from the 15th century. Much less common than stepped
crosses are spire-shaped crosses, often composed of three or four receding
stages with elaborate architectural decoration and/or sculptured figures; the
most famous of these include the Eleanor crosses, erected by Edward I at the
stopping places of the funeral cortege of his wife, who died in 1290. Also
uncommon are the preaching crosses which were built in public places from the
13th century, typically in the cemeteries of religious communities and
cathedrals, market places and wide thoroughfares; they include a stepped base,
buttresses supporting a vaulted canopy, in turn carrying either a shaft and
head or a pinnacled spire. Standing crosses contribute significantly to our
understanding of medieval customs, both secular and religious, and to our
knowledge of medieval parishes and settlement patterns. All crosses which
survive as standing monuments, especially those which stand in or near their
original location, are considered worthy of protection.

The cross is thought to be in its original position and it survives in
reasonable condition. It is one of three crosses in Haxey.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Humberside SMR, Sites and Monuments Records Sheets, (1996)

Source: Historic England

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