National Recording Project


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

Aldford Cross, Memorial to Hugh Lupus, Duke of Westminster


Type Cross

     There is a base of four steps, probably Medieval, and a cross of 1901. All red sandstone. The base carries a restored shaft on which the cross stands. The base of the cross carries two brass plaques which are inlaid. The head of the cross is a gabled, four-sided finial. Inside one gable (west) is a carving of Christ crucified. On the south is the resurrected Christ. On the east is a figure (possibly Christ) with a lamb and a cross. The finial is gothic in appearance.
     The archivist at Eaton Hall recalls that the cross has been moved. Previous location not noted.
     Hugh Lupus, The Duke of Westminster. The First Duke of (Created 1874). Hugh-Lupus Grosvenor, P.C.; K.G. High Steward of Westminster and Lord Lieutenant of London from 1889 and of Cheshire from 1883. Hon. Colonel of 13th Middlesex R.V. Hon. Colonel Earl of Chester Yeomanry Cavalry. A.D.C. to Queen Victoria. Born Eaton 1825, second son of Richard, the second Marquess. He succeeded his father in 1869. Married his first wife, Constance, the fourth daughter of the second Duke of Sutherland in 1852 (died 1880). His second wife was Catherine Cavendish, daughter of the second Baron Chesham (1882). He was formerly a Whig, now a Liberal Unionist. Educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. M.P. Chester 1847-68. Master of the Horse, 1880-86. Owned about 30,000 acres in Cheshire and Flintshire, and 600 acres in London, including Grosvenor House Gallery founded 1770. Many racehorses. His recreations included riding, shooting and the Eaton breeding stud. His heir was his grandson, Viscount Belgrave. Address: Grosvenor House, London; Eaton Hall, Chester; Halkyn, Flintshire. Clubs: Brooks's Travellers'. Died 22 December 1899.


Inscribed on west face of finial: I.H.R. Inscribed on east face of the finial:( the inscription has worn away and is unreadable.) Inlaid on brass plate on the base facing west: To the honour and Glory of God/ and in pious Memory of Hugh Lupus Duke of Westminster/This ancient cross is restored/By some who loved him, 1901. Inlaid on the plate facing north: I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ xxx Who for us/ Men, and for our Salvation came down from Heaven,/and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the/Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified/also for us xxx He suffered and was buried and/The Third Day He rose again xxx And Ascended into/Heaven xxx And I look for the Resurrection of/The Dead, and the life of the World to Come.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
known, Not Not Known

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Steps Red sandstone 367cm x 390cm x 90cm
Base of cross Red sandstone 74cm x 68cm x 48cm
Shaft Red sandstone 26cm x 26cm x 178cm
Finial Red sandstone 38cm x 30cm x 60cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Biological growth
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Church Lane
Precise location In the churchyard of St. John the Baptist Church
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ419594
Date of design Medieval and nineteenth century
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Possibly Aldford Parish Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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