Record Details

NHER Number:10353
Type of record:Monument
Name:Medieval boundary stone or cross


This medieval boundary stone may once have been part of a cross. Legend has it that a woman dressed in red sits on it on certain nights.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 376 002
Map Sheet:TG30SE

Full description

Cross Stone (Ordnance Survey not antiquity).
Square stone with bevelled edges about 1.2m (4 feet) appearing out of ground. There is no base. It is probably only a boundary stone.
R.R. Clarke's (NCM) addition No.3 to (S1) in NCM copy.

(S2) records legend that a woman in red sits on it on certain nights. Still in situ, overgrown and now only around 0.75m high. It is rectangular on end, not square (unless section is meant, but edges are large chamfers). Large horizontal chiselled groove on one face. It is of limestone, and could in fact well be part of the shaft of a cross.
E. Rose (NAU), 15 June 1984.

November 2012
(S2) does not appear to mention this cross. The correct reference for the legend of the red woman is not clear at present, although it is mentioned by a number of online sources and is clearly widely known.
P. Watkins (HES)

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY MARKER (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: Ordnance Survey Staff. 1933-1979?. Ordnance Survey Record Cards. TG 30 SE 3.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Langley with Hardley.
<S1>Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy B. 1934. Norfolk Crosses. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXV Pt II pp 297-336. p 312.
<S2>Article in Serial: Cozens-Hardy, B. 1961. Some Norfolk Halls. Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXII pp 163-208.

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