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The Cross

A Grade I Listed Building in Malmesbury, Wiltshire

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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

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1269291

English Heritage Legacy ID: 460913

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16

County: Wiltshire

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

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Listing Text


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
rayne cummith".
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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