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Site record MDR22934 - Site of Wall, All Saints' Churchyard, South Church Street, Bakewell

Type and Period (1)

  • (Saxon to Post Medieval - 1000 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

An excavation of the area immediately surrounding the High Cross to the southeast of the church was carried out in 2012 as part of a conservation programme, and to determine if the stone was in its original location. Two slit trenches were excavated, around part of the socket stone and around the railings. The first was excavated to a depth of 1m revealing the base of the socket stone and archaeological features and deposits running below it, including a large wall foundation running east - west. A burial was found below this foundation. 'The excavation also established the extent of the socket stones current inclination which may have caused by earth movement during the process of burial decomposition beneath the stone. A brick-lined grave of possible 19th century date was also perceptible abutting the stone.' A number of well preserved burials were observed in the second trench, including that of an adult female with remains of a neonate, that produced a radiocarbon date of 1030 - 1210 cal AD. Another burial had traces of corroded metal over their chest indicating post medieval coffin plating. The stratigraphic sequence demonstrated that the cross shaft was not in its original 8th or 9th century position, and that it had been erected at some time in the post medieval period. (1)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Mora-Ottomano, A (ARS Ltd). 2012. The High Cross at Bakewell Churchyard, Derbyshire: Archaeological Excavation.



Grid reference SK 2157 6846 (point)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR4619

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Record last edited

Feb 28 2020 12:04AM

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