National Recording Project


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

Alnwick Market Cross


Type Cross

     An octagonal flight of steps rises from an octagonal paved area in middle of the Market Place. Set on the base in the centre is an octagonal with worn lead covering. The cross head is panelled and traceried and decorated with four relief shields, two bearing a crescent, two a locket device.
     The Market Cross was 'the centre of the commerce of the town' and replaced a roofed building, open at the sides that had been removed in 1701.(1) 'New monarchs were, and are, proclaimed and great events announced' from it and in 1749 it was where John Wesley preached when he visited the town.(2) The cross head dates from when the Cross was restored by the Alnwick architect, Frederick Wilson in the nineteenth century; the rest is probably eighteenth-century.(3)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Not known, None Designer

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
8 octagonal steps Sandstone 132cm high x 380cm wide x 380cm long
Column Sandstone 154cm high x 10cm wide x 10cm deep
Cross Sandstone 77cm high x 60cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Corrosion
Road Market Place
Precise location Outside Town Hall
A-Z ref None
OS ref NU186136
Date of design 19th C parelled and traceried head on older shaft.
Year of unveiling 1800s
Unveiling details Erected 1800s
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Alnwick District Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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