Cross 160m North East of St Mary Magdalen Church
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Leicestershire County Council
Melton Borough Council
Rutland and Melton
SE813813 (481276, 318327)
A standing stone cross 160 metres north east of St Mary Magdalen Church. The cross is post-medieval in date and includes a pedestal base, a socket stone, a shaft and cross head. The pedestal base is 1.2 metres in height, octagonal in plan and consists of four steps. The socket stone is 0.8 metres square and 0.5 metres high with decoration on each vertical face. Set into the centre of the socket is a chamfered stone shaft, 2.6 metres high, of square section and decorated with emblem quaterfoils on all faces. It is surmounted by a moulded capital with a cross head. The full surviving height of the cross is 4.3 metres. The cross is considered to have been constructed to commemorate a major rebuilding of Stapleford Hall in 1633. It is thought to have been placed on the site of an earlier cross marking the location of Stapleford's Friday market. Scheduled.