Building record M2567 - Top Cross, Linby


CROSS (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 53423 51000 (5m by 6m)
Map sheet SK55SW
District Gedling
Civil Parish Linby, Gedling


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

There are 2 crosses in Linby. One, the Top Cross, is near the church ... A cross at Linby is a bound mark of Sherwood Forest in a perambulation of 1505 (not this one?). The Top Cross, so far as the plinth and shaft are concerned is modern, having been restored in 1869, in imitation of the Bottom Cross. A brass plate recording this has gone, its matrix is visible. The fine base is ancient; it is 7 sided with 7 steps. Those at the bottom are 8ft side (sic) and the base has a diameter of c.6yds and is c.7ft high. The top step is a single stone. (1)
Bottom Cross identified as Restoration - this must be the boundary cross. Other perambulations in the period 1505-1662 mention only one cross. The missing brass plate was replaced in 1910. It reads "Restored June 16th 1869, Andrew Montague Armiger, John Lawrence Prior Rector". The Top Cross used to be florally decorated on May Days and the maypole stands near it. 2 iron foundations soldered onto the plinth may once have supported stocks, pillory or lamp (or the original shaft). (2)
The cross stands on a grass island flanked by main and access roads, and remains as described. The iron foundations are probably the small rusty pegs set in the top step on the W side of the socket stone. (3)
An 8 tier octagonal cross base at one end of the village green. Cross shaft is modern, base probably late Med. (4)
The bottom of the base is approx 4m diameter and 1.75m high and of magnesian limestone. (5)
Not on (6) or (7).
See M2566 for other Linby cross.

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

2 BW print, SMR

Listed buildings slides, 3 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

<1> Stapleton A, 1903, Notes on the Crosses of Nottingham Past and Present, pp 30 - (Published document). SNT1326.

<2> Stapleton A, 1911, More Notes on the Crosses of Notts (Published document). SNT1325.

<3> Seaman BH, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1252.

<4> DOE, AM7 - undated, no author (Unpublished document). SNT52.

<5> Samuels JR, 1986, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1231.

<6> Surveyor unknown, 1692, Estate Plan, Linby (Map). SNT170.

Other Refs: Portfolio no 11, no 475

<7> OS, 1839, 1in 1839 (Map). SNT1040.

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

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  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 3 slides.
  • <1> Published document: Stapleton A. 1903. Notes on the Crosses of Nottingham Past and Present. pp 30 -.
  • <2> Published document: Stapleton A. 1911. More Notes on the Crosses of Notts.
  • <3> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Unpublished document: DOE. AM7 - undated, no author.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1986. AM107.
  • <6> Map: Surveyor unknown. 1692. Estate Plan, Linby.
  • <7> Map: OS. 1839. 1in 1839.
  • <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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