National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009



Type Cross

     Base of ancient cross on stone base surmounted by ball finial.
     The first reference to Ashton market cross comes from local marriage registers of 1854.(1) The ancient cross was replaced in 1763 or 1764 by an oak shaft on a stone base and steps, surmounted by sphere and crown. This probably stood slightly to the south of the site of the old cross. About 1798 a stone cross was erected in its place, the remains of which can now be seen in Stamford Park. The last cross was removed in 1829.(2)


Front: Erected/by Thos Walker/Japh Knight/[illeg] Lees/[illeg]

Related works : Copy of cross base stands in town centre.

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Cross Stone 237cm high x tapering width 48cm square at base

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • None
Road Stamford Street
Precise location Stamford Street side, Lower grounds
A-Z ref p.85 E2
OS ref SJ954988
Date of design None
Year of unveiling c. 1798
Unveiling details c. 1798
Commissioned by Thomas Walker
Duty of care Tameside metro
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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