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Latitude: 51.5839 / 51°35'1"N
Longitude: -2.0981 / 2°5'53"W
OS Eastings: 393302
OS Northings: 187229
OS Grid: ST933872
Mapcode National: GBR 2QZ.QCB
Mapcode Global: VH95S.LG64
Entry Name: The Cross
Listing Date: 18 January 1949
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1269291
English Heritage Legacy ID: 460913
Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16
Civil Parish: Malmesbury
Built-Up Area: Malmesbury
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: Malmesbury and Brokenborough
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
ST9387 MARKET CROSS
758-1/4/255 (North side)
18/01/49 The Cross
Market cross. Late C15/early C16, renovated c1800 by the Earl
of Suffolk, and repaired 1909-12 and 1949-50. Limestone
ashlar. Octagonal plan about a central shaft.
Each face has a moulded 4-centre open arch with a low plinth,
and 2 entrances facing SW and NE, with foliate spandrels
beneath a drip and a crenellated parapet. Angle buttresses
between have crocketed pinnacles rising from 2 levels of
weathering. A large lantern above the roof is supported by
cyma-moulded arch-braced roll top flying buttresses, with
figures of the saints and the Crucifixion set in niches
beneath attached finials, beneath an elaborate ogee cap with
crockets and finials.
INTERIOR: central octagonal shaft with attached columns and a
low bench, with matching columns to the inside of the
buttresses, supports a lierne vault with bosses.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Leland states c1544 that it was built in
living memory "for poore market folkes to stande dry when
An extremely fine example of its type.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Wiltshire: London:
1963-: 327; Victoria History of the Counties of England:
Crowley DA: Wiltshire: 1956-: 134).
Listing NGR: ST9330487229
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