The Great Stone, Chester Road, Stretford, Greater Manchester

This stone is probably the remains of a medieval boundary cross. It is now at the entrance to Gorse Hill Park but it originally stood on the south side of the Roman road from Manchester to Chester. It was moved here in 1925. It is also thought to have been used later as a plague stone. Plague stones had holes in, usually filled with vinegar, where money from an infected town could be placed so that trades people delivering food could collect it. This meant they did not have to come in to contact with those infected. The vinegar was thought to act as a disinfectant on the money.


Greater Manchester Stretford


Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)


stone boundary cross plague Medieval (1066 - 1484)