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

High Cross (aka Butter Cross)

Summary

Type Cross , Coat of Arms

     Modern stone cross on the site of earlier crosses. Two octagonal steps supporting a triangular shaft. From this rises an octagonal drum supported from the shaft by brackets and surmounted by the Latin style cross. Inscription on north-east face shaft; roundels with pigmented arms of Shrewsbury
     A cross was erected on the site in 1903 as part of the 500-year Battle of Shrewsbury celebrations and was taken down in 1905, then replaced in 1952.
     This cross commemorates the traditional site where Sir Henry Percy (Hotspur) was exhibited after the Battle of Shrewsbury, crushed beneath a millstone, before being dismembered and fragments of him exhibited through out the Kingdom.

Inscriptions

Roman capitals, pigmented, on north east face of shaft. MUNICIPIO.DILECTO/ REGIA. SCHOLA/ SALOPIENSIS/ SEDE.NON.FIDE/ MUTATA/ D.D./MCMIII

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Cross fine white limestone 5.5m high overall, cross 1.21m high approx
Shaft and steps fine white limestone 90cm across at base

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SAshSRgl034 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Pride Hill
Precise location near junction of Pride Hill with Castle Street and St Mary's Street
A-Z ref 30 B1
OS ref SJ494126
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1952
Unveiling details 1952
Commissioned by Shrewsbury School
Duty of care Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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