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The Great Merestone medieval boundary marker on Finlow Hill, 245m east of Mottram House

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: The Great Merestone medieval boundary marker on Finlow Hill, 245m east of Mottram House

List entry Number: 1020194

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Cheshire East

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Over Alderley

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 20-Jul-2001

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 33862

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

The Great Merestone medieval boundary marker on Finlow Hill, 245m east of Mottram House, appears on a description of the parish and estate boundaries of the area of Alderley Edge dated 1598. The stone is known locally as the `Great Merestone' and has attracted much attention as a semi-sacred object. Together with two other markers on the Edge they constitute an uncommon survival of medieval boundaries and provide important evidence of the extent of the medieval parochial and estate landholdings. Although the site is not open to the public, the stone is visible from the road from Finlow Hill Lane to Bradford Lodge, and so the monument provides an educational resource for the numerous visitors to this area.

History

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Details

The monument includes a large boulder, half buried in a field on Finlow Hill. It lies on the former medieval boundary between the parishes of Nether Alderley and Over Alderley, but later agricultural work has removed the bank on which it must have stood. This stone is referred to locally as the `Great Merestone' and is one of a number mentioned in a description of a perambulation of the parish and estate boundaries of May 1598. The stone is a roughly squared boulder about 1.30m in diameter and made of a fine-grained sandstone, possibly a glacial erratic. It stands 0.40m above the present ground level. On the top surface is a damaged carved cross with the arms about 0.30m across.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

Other
Manchester Museum and National Trust Survey, (1998)
Norbury, Mrs , 2000,

National Grid Reference: SJ 86135 76774

Map

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