Saxons Invade Stapleford For Plaque Unveiling

Saxons Invade Stapleford For Plaque Unveiling

15/07/2016 - Saxons invaded Stapleford earlier this week as a new plaque was unveiled at the Saxon Cross.

Local schoolchildren were entertained by the University of Nottingham Medieval Combat Society Re-enactment Group at the event, alongside representatives from St. Helen's Church, where the Cross is situated, Stapleford Town Council and Broxtowe Borough Council who have all contributed time and funds to the project.

As part of the project, the existing information board, which was rotting, has been replaced with a plinth, inset with a stainless steel information plaque to provide visitors to the historical site information about the Cross and its origins.

The cross, which is thought to date from between 800 and 850 AD is a Grade I Scheduled Monument of exceptional architectural and historic interest and of national archaeological importance.

The shaft is carved from millstone grit and, although weathered, complex interlace decoration in low relief can be discerned on all four faces.

A panel on the south face depicts a standing figure thought to be the Archangel Michael with halo, wings, spear and serpent at the foot.

The cross was found in pieces lying in the churchyard in 1760.  Some parts were missing but the shaft itself was erected by the side of the road opposite to where The Old Cross Inn now stands.

In 1906 increased traffic and damage led to the suggestion that the cross be moved into the churchyard, but local people strenuously objected.  In 1928 the Church Commissioners gifted a small area of the churchyard to Stapleford Rural District Council and the cross was moved to its present site. The cross is now in the care of Broxtowe Borough Council.


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