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stoke minster church yard

By eagle1955
Cross in the churchyard of St Peterís Minster, Stoke-on-Trent. Front

NGR: SJ 87931 45213. In the grassy graveyard of St Peterís Minster on Glebe Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, are the remains of a Mercian cross-shaft on a stepped base, dating from the 10th century AD, although some historians think it might date from the 8th-9th century? The actual name and dedication of the Minster church is St Peterís Ad Vincular (St Peter in Chains). There is visible decoration on the shaft of this preaching cross although it is now rather worn and weather-beaten, and there are cracks from previous damage. It is a Saxon cross, that is a certainty, the area itself being part of the Old Saxon Kingdom of Mercia; and the first church here (and indeed the cross) were of wood. This 7th Century church was probably associated with St Chad, bishop of Lichfield. The building that is now the minster was built in the 19th Century. The site can be reached from the centre of Stoke. Head west onto Glebe Street and a few hundred yards south of the town hall is St Peterís Minster and its large graveyard; the cross stands on a stepped base behind modern iron railings.

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26 Jun 2021 2:15PM
A nicely captured image and a interesting write up about it.
26 Jun 2021 2:17PM
Fascinating write-up, thanks for sharing. Looks earlier than 10thC, and what a contrast between it and the b/g houses. Thanks for sharing this one 👌

Dave 🙂😨
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2021 2:49PM
Excellent composition and content...
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