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Market Cross, Station Road, Banchory

A Category B Listed Building in Banchory, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0526 / 57°3'9"N

Longitude: -2.4844 / 2°29'3"W

OS Eastings: 370711

OS Northings: 795830

OS Grid: NO707958

Mapcode National: GBR X4.9TXT

Mapcode Global: WH8PS.TZ4S

Entry Name: Market Cross, Station Road, Banchory

Listing Date: 18 August 1972

Last Amended: 27 March 2017

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 406630

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21870

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Banchory

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Banchory

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Traditional County: Kincardineshire

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Description

Probably 17th century market cross. Carved from a single piece of stone this cross comprises an octagonal stone shaft (7feet and 6inchs high) and a square head.

Statement of Interest

Market (or mercat) crosses are stone monuments that were erected to symbolise that a settlement had the right to hold markets. It would serve as the focal point of the settlement and as well as markets, other events took place at these monuments, such as the public proclamation (announcement) of news such as the birth of a new member of the royal family or the results of an election. It was also the place where criminals were punished.

Many market crosses have been moved. This market cross stood near Cobbleheugh (now the site of Banchory Lodge Hotel). A weekly Fair was held there and on the 12th of June each year a public holiday marked a Special Fair dedicated to Saint Ternan. The cross was relocated to Silverbank (near the Banchory Woollen Mill) and then to Burnett Park. It was moved to the south of Banchory Ternan East Church in 1975.

Statutory address and listed building record revised in 2017. Previously listed as 'Market Cross, Burnett Park'.

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