SJ4065 : The Roodee Cross, Chester

taken 8 years ago, near to Handbridge, Cheshire, Great Britain

The Roodee Cross, Chester
The Roodee Cross, Chester
The legend goes that around AD946, the cross was erected over a statue of the Virgin Mary, which floated to Chester up the river, having been ejected from Hawarden Church for falling on, and killing, the Lady Trawst, wife of Sytsylht (a nobleman and governor of Hawarden Castle) whilst she was at prayer asking for rain, there being at the time a severe drought. Her Lord was outraged, assembled a jury and put the statue on trial for murder. She was convicted and condemned to be hanged. One juryman argued that, as she was 'Holy Rood', they had no right to kill her, but he suggested that they lay her on the sands on the river below Hawarden Castle, that God might do what he would with her. This they did, and the tide took her down river to Chester, where the inhabitants found her, "dead and drowned" upon which they buried her where she was found and raised over her a stone cross, which is said to have borne the following inscription:

The Jews their God did crucify,
The Hardener's theirs did drown,
Cause with their wants she'd not comply;
And lies under this cold ground.
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Wednesday, 6 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 10 January, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 401 658 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.1762N 2:53.8268W
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