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Re-Used Calvary Cross Slab, Churchyard of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Eccleston, Lancashire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.6547 / 53°39'17"N

Longitude: -2.7335 / 2°44'0"W

OS Eastings: 351621

OS Northings: 417833

OS Grid: SD516178

Mapcode National: GBR 9VC5.0L

Mapcode Global: WH865.ZDJK

Entry Name: Re-Used Calvary Cross Slab, Churchyard of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Listing Date: 24 June 2010

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393860

English Heritage Legacy ID: 507682

Location: Eccleston, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7

County: Lancashire

District: Chorley

Civil Parish: Eccleston

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Eccleston St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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Listing Text

1837/0/10018

ECCLESTON
TOWNGATE (Off)
RE-USED CALVARY CROSS SLAB, CHURCHYARD OF THE CHURCH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

24-JUN-10

II*
Ledger. Medieval (C13-C15), re-used in 1766 to commemorate John Rigby. Located in churchyard on south-west side of Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eccleston. Gritstone.

Large rectangular slab aligned east-west. Now lichen covered and south edge partially covered by grass. Original design of incised cross with dovetail terminals set on two step Calvary, with large sword on its right side. Secondary incisions comprise initials 'I(J)R' at the top left and at the top right 'John Rigby / 1766'.

HISTORY: The original cross ledger would have been located within the church. The sword emblem signifies a male burial, to an unknown individual. In the C18 when it was appropriated as a churchyard memorial to one John Rigby who died in 1766.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION
The re-used medieval ledger located on the south-west side of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eccleston, is designated at Grade II* for the following principal reasons:
* Its origin in C13-C15 as a Calvary cross memorial ledger incorporating a sword
* Its secondary history as an unusual example of C18 re-use of a formerly internal ledger, showing a continuity of tradition and the desire for perpetual remembrance of an individual by means of a memorial stone.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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