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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1177350



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

County: Somerset

District: South Somerset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Somerton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 17-Apr-1959

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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 262965

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9/159 The Market Cross



Market Cross. Rebuilt 1673, with repairs in 1925, 1950 and 1983. Local lias stone cut and squared, with Ham stone dressings; multi-hipped conoid stone slate roof with stone ball finial surmounted by metal cross. Octagonal plan. Keinton stone slab base, up one step; central octagonal shaft with 3 step base and top corbelled to support roof timbers; to outer face each bay a segmental voussoired arch with lias imposts and Ham keystone, with angled offset buttresses each corner to impost height; above, a string course with corner gargoyles and battlemented parapet. Most important element in street scene. There has been a cross on this site since at least 1390: this cross owned by Lord Ilchester was sold to the town in 1916. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 18). (VCH, Volume III, 1974; Pooley, Old Crosses of Somerset, 1877).

Listing NGR: ST4906128538

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Somerset, (1974)
Pooley, C, An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Old Stone Crosses of Somerset, (1877)

National Grid Reference: ST 49058 28538


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