NJ0358 : Forres mercat cross

taken 4 years ago, near to Forres, Moray, Great Britain

Forres mercat cross
Forres mercat cross
The bronze plaque on the cross reads, "Erected by public subscription in 1844 to a design by Thomas Mackenzie, architect, Edinburgh. Bearing a strong similarity to the Scott Memorial, Princes Street, Edinburgh. The structure incorporates the base of an earlier cross of 17th century origin. Nearby, to the east, is located the site of an old town well, known to have existed from 1695 until 1855."

Rising to the height of a three-storey building, this must be the tallest and biggest mercat cross in Scotland. Sadly, three of the four spires on the top storey are missing. I assume they must have been removed at some stage because of instability, but it is very surprising that they were not restored or replaced. It leaves the structure looking curiously incomplete.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 4 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 5 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 0370 5890 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:36.5865N 3:36.8037W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 0368 5891
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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