Record Details

NHER Number:5775
Type of record:Monument
Name:Village Cross

Summary

The remains of a medieval standing stone cross. The shaft of the cross was taken down in the 19th century, but the three-tiered base remains.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TL 9589 9758
Map Sheet:TL99NE
Parish:CASTON, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

15 October 1975. Visited.
Cross. Round stone base with trough in top around smaller octagonal section, in turn topped by square block with arcading. On top of this, groove for shaft. The whole is about 6 feet high. Shaft said to have been removed in 1870s when it became dangerous. In bad condition; held together by iron clamps. Recommended for scheduling by R. R. Clarke (NCM) but not scheduled until 1977.
E. Rose (NAU).

(S3) in file tells of local legend of 'Catholic treasure' hidden in room beneath cross! He also says that in the mid 1950s immediately north of cross human skeletal remains were found 0.9m (3 feet) deep, all with perfect teeth, found in digging water main; reburied on site. Bones said to have turned up in a posthole here in the 1930s also.
E. Rose (NAU).

Latter refers to site 8976, south of cross not north.
E. Rose (NAU).

Monument Types

  • INHUMATION (Unknown date)
  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: TL9597C.
---Archive: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Medieval. Caston.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Scheduling record: 1975. AM7.
<S2>Scheduling record: Corbishley, M.. 1983. AM107.
<S3>Unpublished document: J.S. Barnes. 1978. The Mystery of Caston's Cross.

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