Building record M844 - Colston Bassett Market Cross


CROSS (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 69865 33192 (6m by 5m)
Map sheet SK63SE
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Colston Bassett, Rushcliffe


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The base of an ancient market cross (C15) supports the modern cross, built in 1831 at the junction of 3 roads. A licence to hold a market here, granted in the C13, suggests the early existence of a cross. (2)
The steps and base of the cross, which has stopped and chamfered mouldings, are both octagonal and are probably C13 (sic). The shaft consists of a C18 Roman Doric column, surmounted by a heavy entablature and ball. It was erected in 1831 to commemorate the coronation of William IV. (5)
The whole monument is of limestone; the Med base c 1.20m high and the column c 5.00m high. It is interesting that the decorative moulding of the entablature imitates that of the earlier base. (6)
Instead of standing on a patch of green the cross now stands on a cobbled triangle at the road junction. The inscription was not noted but may well still be legible. The cross is subject to a quinquennial inspection by the Regional Building Staff. (Detailed historical information and description of cross - see source). (7)
Owned by National Trust.

Listed buildings slides, 1 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

Charles Glenn & Mark Fennell, --/09/96, Colston Bassett Market Cross (Plan). SNT4293.

<1> OS, 1956, 6in 1956 (Map). SNT1070.

<2> Stapleton A, 1912, Catalogue of Notts Crosses, p 8 (Published document). SNT1324.

<3> Colquhoun FD, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT582.

<4> DOE (IAM), 1978, Anc Mons Eng, vol 3, p 77 (Published document). SNT640.

<5> DOE, AM7 - undated, no author (Unpublished document). SNT52.

<6> Samuels JR, 1987, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1232.

<7> Beamish HJH, 1987, Colston Basset Market Cross, Nottinghamshire (Monograph). SNT461.

<8> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed. (Monograph). SNT4.

Sources/Archives (10)

  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 1 slides.
  • --- Plan: Charles Glenn & Mark Fennell. --/09/96. Colston Bassett Market Cross. A3. Green. scaled and inked.
  • <1> Map: OS. 1956. 6in 1956.
  • <2> Published document: Stapleton A. 1912. Catalogue of Notts Crosses. p 8.
  • <3> Personal comment: Colquhoun FD. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Published document: DOE (IAM). 1978. Anc Mons Eng. vol 3, p 77.
  • <5> Unpublished document: DOE. AM7 - undated, no author.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1987. AM107.
  • <7> Monograph: Beamish HJH. 1987. Colston Basset Market Cross, Nottinghamshire.
  • <8> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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