Standing Cross 300m North of Trent Farm
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Nottinghamshire County Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
SE796796 (479631, 359377)
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14th century village cross situated in a field to the east of Main Street in the village of North Muskham, 300 metres north of Trent Farm. The cross comprises a socket stone and remains of a shaft. The socket stone, which stands 0.4 metres high, is square in plan with mouldings at the corners and measures 0.75 metres by 0.75 metres. Set into the socket stone is a stone shaft which is octagonal in plan and tapers to a rounded point at the top. The shaft survives to a height of 1.28 metres. The cross is located at the entrance to a grassy lane which once led to the River Trent. A few yards from the other end of the lane is a small artificial basin, now dry and grassy, where the Medieval ferry picked up and dropped off passengers on journeys between North Muskham and Holme. Before entering `the perils of the waters' each passenger commended themselves at the cross in North Muskham or at the cross in Holme (SK 85 NW 2) to the mercy of God. It is believed that the cross was also used as a place where transactions relating to the local wool trade were validated. The cross is scheduled and listed Grade II.
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