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Monument record MDR4521 - Cross fragment, St Werburgh's Churchyard, Spondon, Derby

Type and Period (1)

  • (Saxon - 900 AD? to 1000 AD?)

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[SK39793589] A large fragment of an Anglo Saxon cross, probably 10th cent., ornamented with interlaced knotwork but much worn. (1) Classified as Anglo Danish and considered to be unique in Derbyshire being made of limestone. (2) Scheduled. (3) As described but now at SK 3979835920. See G.P's AO/66/28/5 (4) This piece stands in the churchyard at Spondon. It is made from Carboniferous Limestone and is the only application of this material for Anglo-Saxon sculpture in Derbyshire and the surrounding region. The stone type is not local to the site, but the monument belongs to a local school. No plausible explanation can be offered for the choice of this unsuitable material. It is especially curious as Spondon church sits on an outcrop of sandstone that would be more suitable for carving. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Cox, J C. 1877. Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol. III. p302-3.
  • <2> Article in serial: Routh, T. 1937. 'A corpus of the pre-Conquest carved stones of Derbyshire', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 58, pp 1-46. p34-5.
  • <3> Scheduling record: A.M's Eng. & Wales1965,33 (M.O.W.).
  • <4> Personal Observation: F1 FRH 29-NOV-66.
  • <5> Correspondence: Sidebottom, P. 1994. Letter regarding Anglo-Saxon stone monuments in Derbyshire, 15th February, 1994. Letter.



Grid reference Centred SK 3979 3592 (10m by 10m) (Centre)

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  • EDR1486

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Jul 7 2015 12:05PM

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