SD8327 : Gambleside Western Cross Marker Stone

taken 11 years ago, near to Water, Lancashire, Great Britain

Gambleside Western Cross Marker Stone
Gambleside Western Cross Marker Stone
On Gambleside Moor were located two ancient crosses, their sites shown on the first OS map. This is a marker stone to mark the position of Western Cross (also known as Higher Cross and The Cross) placed here in 1902/3 after the cross was restored and moved to its present position by Alderman Samuel Compston of Crowshawbooth subsequently being named Compston’s Cross. The view shows Compston’s Cross over 250 yards away in the corner of the wall to the right of the electricity pylon. SD8327 : Cross on Rossendale Way

Western Cross was a wayside cross probably erected in the 13th century at the crossroads of two ancient tracks, one from Whalley Abbey to the Abbey’s estates at Brandwood, Bacup and the other from Preston to Heptonstall which was once the centre of the West Yorkshire woollen trade. The original cross was a plain shaft with a cross carved on to it socketed into a 2 feet square stone base.

These tracks were later used as packhorse routes and there are now 5 or 6 old tracks meeting at Compston’s Cross.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 July, 2007   (more nearby)
Sunday, 29 July, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 836 274 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:44.5810N 2:14.9390W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 836 274
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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