Building record M3118 - BEAUMOND CROSS


CROSS (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 79942 53564 (2m by 3m)
Map sheet SK75SE
District Newark
Civil Parish Newark, Newark


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

The cross of Newark, a memorial cross to Viscount Beaumont, killed in the Battle of Towton 29/03/1461. It was erected by his widow. The canopy has been restored in recent times. (1)
There is an ancient cross of somewhat elegant design, called the "Beaumond Cross", still standing at the junction of Carter Gate and Lombard Street which according to an inscription upon it, was erected in the reign of Edward IV [1461-83], repaired by Charles Mellish Esq, 1778 and again repaired and beautified by the corporation in 1801. (2) (3)
Travellers from Lincoln to London did not travel via Newark. The cross never seems to have borne … Queen [Eleanor]'s name. (3)
Late 13th or early 14th century. Repaired and ornamented 1778. [Contrary to (3), suggests that this is] an Eleanor cross. (4)
The cross is carefully preserved and well looked after and is an object of civic pride to Newark. (5)
Beaumond Cross, as described, has been dismantled and re-erected in the Municipal Gardens, 160.0m to the SE, at above grid ref. (6)
The monument is no longer on this major road junction, neither is it in any public garden in the vicinity (see (6)). Enquiries at Newark Museum were made, but no information was forthcoming. (7)
About 20 years ago the cross was removed to the garden in London Road about 300m to the E of its original position. There is some debate as to whether it is an Eleanor Cross but Brown (3) claims to have proof that it is not. Although weathered, the cross is very elegant, standing about 5m high. (8)
Former site, SK 7984 5369. (10)
Weathered C15 shaft, repaired and ornamented 1778, restored again in 1801. (11)
C14 market cross. Repaired and ornamented 1778 at expense of Charles Mellish. Restored … 1801. (12)

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

5 colour print, B15/4,5, SMR

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

<1> Rimmer A, 1875, Anc Stone Crosses Eng, pp 70-72 (Published document). SNT1200.

<2> Lawson Lowe AE, 1876, Black's Guide to Nottinghamshire, p 232 (Published document). SNT875.

<3> Brown C, 1904, History of Newark, pp 72-7 (Published document). SNT526.

<4> Thoroton Society, 1919, TTS, p 15-22 (Published document). SNT344.

<5> MOW, 819 (Published document). SNT929.

<6> Seaman BH, 1975, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1253.

<7> Hart CR, 1984, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT754.

<8> Samuels JR, 1985, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1230.

<9> Kinsley G, 1989, Newark's Archaeological Resource, App 1, p 6 (Unpublished document). SNT40.

<10> OS, 1920, 1:2500, County Series 1920 (Map). SNT1029.

Other Refs: 35/3

<11> Pevsner N, 1997, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire (with corrections), p 190 (Monograph). SNT1734.

<12> DOE, Listed Building Description (Published document). SNT228.

Sources/Archives (14)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 2 slides.
  • <1> Published document: Rimmer A. 1875. Anc Stone Crosses Eng. pp 70-72.
  • <2> Published document: Lawson Lowe AE. 1876. Black's Guide to Nottinghamshire. p 232.
  • <3> Published document: Brown C. 1904. History of Newark. 1. pp 72-7.
  • <4> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1919. TTS. 23. p 15-22.
  • <5> Published document: MOW. 819.
  • <6> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1975. Pers Comm.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Hart CR. 1984. AM107.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1985. AM107.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Kinsley G. 1989. Newark's Archaeological Resource. App 1, p 6.
  • <10> Map: OS. 1920. 1:2500, County Series 1920.
  • <11> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1997. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire (with corrections). p 190.
  • <12> Published document: DOE. Listed Building Description.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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