SP8204 : Whiteleaf Cross, aerial

taken 10 years ago, near to Whiteleaf, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Whiteleaf Cross, aerial
Whiteleaf Cross, aerial
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Whiteleaf Cross is a cross-shaped chalk hill carving, with a triangular base, at Whiteleaf, Buckinghamshire, England.
It sits above the road to the east of the hamlet, whose name is first found in the form White Cliff in the eighteenth century, referring to the white chalk cliff. The cliff is probably a natural formation, older than the cross.
The date and origin of the cross are unknown. It was mentioned as an antiquity by Francis Wise in 1742, but no earlier reference has been found. The cross is not mentioned in any description of the area before 1700.
The Act for enclosing the common lands in the Parish, completed on 23 September 1839, specifically required that:
"...in order to preserve within the parish of Monks Risborough the ancient memorial or land mark there called White Cliffe Cross" the Commissioners were to allot to the Lord of the Manor the cross itself and: "so much of the land immediately surrounding it as shall in the judgment of the Commissioners be necessary and sufficient for rendering the same conspicuous", and that it should not be planted or enclosed and should for ever thereafter remain open. The Lord of the Manor was to be responsible to renew and repair it. In the event the Commissioners allotted 7 acres (28,000 m2) of land for this purpose.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 26 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Grassland  Religious sites  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 822 040 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:43.7273N 0:48.6649W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 819 041
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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