THE CROSS

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
I
List Entry Number:
1269291
Date first listed:
18-Jan-1949
Statutory Address:
THE CROSS, MARKET CROSS

Map

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Location

Statutory Address:
THE CROSS, MARKET CROSS

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

District:
Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Malmesbury
National Grid Reference:
ST 93302 87228

Details

MALMESBURY

ST9387 MARKET CROSS 758-1/4/255 (North side) 18/01/49 The Cross

GV I

Market cross. Late C15/early C16, renovated c1800 by the Earl of Suffolk, and repaired 1909-12 and 1949-50. Limestone ashlar. Octagonal plan about a central shaft. Each face has a moulded 4-centre open arch with a low plinth, and 2 entrances facing SW and NE, with foliate spandrels beneath a drip and a crenellated parapet. Angle buttresses between have crocketed pinnacles rising from 2 levels of weathering. A large lantern above the roof is supported by cyma-moulded arch-braced roll top flying buttresses, with figures of the saints and the Crucifixion set in niches beneath attached finials, beneath an elaborate ogee cap with crockets and finials. INTERIOR: central octagonal shaft with attached columns and a low bench, with matching columns to the inside of the buttresses, supports a lierne vault with bosses. HISTORICAL NOTE: Leland states c1544 that it was built in living memory "for poore market folkes to stande dry when rayne cummith". An extremely fine example of its type. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Wiltshire: London: 1963-: 327; Victoria History of the Counties of England: Crowley DA: Wiltshire: 1956-: 134).

Listing NGR: ST9330487229

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
460913
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Crowley, B A, The Victoria History of the County of Wiltshire, (1991), 134
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, (1963), 327

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 13 Oct 1999
Reference: IOE01/00304/12
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr G Williams. Source Historic England Archive
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