Building record M2566 - Bottom Cross, Linby


CROSS (Elizabethan to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 53604 51135 (6m by 6m)
Map sheet SK55SW
District Gedling
Civil Parish Linby, Gedling


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The Bottom Cross, at the E end of the village street. A cross at Linby is a bound mark of Sherwood Forest in a perambulation of 1505 (this one?). A date on the Bottom Cross can be read as 1469 or 1660. The cross is all ancient and unrestored and consists of a shaft, c.8ft high, on a square base of 6 steps and a plinth. Detailed description. A stream of water springs from the rock on which the cross is built. (2)
Bottom cross not the boundary cross mentioned above. An examination of the date suggests it to be 166(3) and the post Reformation ogee moulding of the capital indicates that the whole cross is of the Restoration period. (3)
The cross stands on the grass verge beside the road. The date, on the W side of the capital, is illegible; no other date or inscription is visible. It is known locally as Bottom Cross. All the component parts of the cross appear to be of one date and conform to the late C17 classification above. The "stream of water" has in recent years been enclosed by a culvert and re-appears in a dtich c 55m W along Linby Lane. (4)
The cross is as described by (4), save that the head has been refurbished, and the date 1663 re-cut in modern figures. (5)
A 5 tier square base, with original square chamfered shaft, surmounted by encircled head which may not belong to the shaft. (Possibly from Med cross at other end of village green?). (6)
The 5 stepped base is 2.00m square at the bottom and the shaft is c.0.30m square at base, tapering at the top. Probably made of Mansfield stone, the monument is in good condition. The separate head of the shaft seemed C19 to me! There is no reason why the shaft and base are not Med - as it is more likely. (7)
See M2567 for other Linby cross.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

OS card, Parish File

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

1 BW print, SMR

Listed buildings slides, 2 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

<1> Surveyor unknown, 1692, Estate Plan, Linby (Map). SNT170.

Other Refs: Portfolio no 11, no 475

<2> Stapleton A, 1903, Notes on the Crosses of Nottingham Past and Present, pp 30- (Published document). SNT1326.

<3> Stapleton A, 1911, More Notes on the Crosses of Notts (Published document). SNT1325.

<4> Woodhouse WC, 1959, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1437.

<5> Seaman BH, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1252.

<6> DOE, AM7 - undated, no author (Unpublished document). SNT52.

<7> Samuels JR, 1986, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1231.

<8> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 165 (Monograph). SNT4.

Sources/Archives (11)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 2 slides.
  • <1> Map: Surveyor unknown. 1692. Estate Plan, Linby.
  • <2> Published document: Stapleton A. 1903. Notes on the Crosses of Nottingham Past and Present. pp 30-.
  • <3> Published document: Stapleton A. 1911. More Notes on the Crosses of Notts.
  • <4> Personal comment: Woodhouse WC. 1959. Pers Comm.
  • <5> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <6> Unpublished document: DOE. AM7 - undated, no author.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1986. AM107.
  • <8> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 165.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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