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Market Cross Collection

The Market Cross has stood as a symbol of trade and commerce in various cities across England

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: The Market Cross, given to the city in 1501 by Bishop Story for the shelter of traders

The Market Cross, given to the city in 1501 by Bishop Story for the shelter of traders, seen from West Street, Chichester, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Church Street in Guisborough. Circa 1951

Church Street in Guisborough. Circa 1951

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Winchester Butter Cross BB57_00126

Winchester Butter Cross BB57_00126
BUTTER CROSS, HIGH STREET, WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE. View of the Butter Cross, previously known as the City Cross, on the High Street

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market cross and square, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Market cross and square, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Salisbury, the Market Cross (colour litho)

Salisbury, the Market Cross (colour litho)
3105581 Salisbury, the Market Cross (colour litho) by Collins, William Wiehe (1862-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: Salisbury, the Market Cross)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross a48_00561

Market Cross a48_00561
Market Cross, Market Place, North Walsham, North Norfolk, Norfolk, 1947. The Market Cross, seen from the west

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Among up to the minute shopping facilities, Guisborough preserves its historic link

Among up to the minute shopping facilities, Guisborough preserves its historic link. 10th September 1962

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross, with traffic policeman, at Chichester. 1940s

Market Cross, with traffic policeman, at Chichester. 1940s
Photographic Collection, West Sussex Record Office, Ref. PH 15676

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross, Wymondham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Market Cross, Wymondham, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: The Market Cross in the highest village in England, Alston, Cumbria, England

The Market Cross in the highest village in England, Alston, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Plan of Edinburgh, from St Giless to Hackerstons Wynd (engraving)

Plan of Edinburgh, from St Giless to Hackerstons Wynd (engraving)
5202930 Plan of Edinburgh, from St Giless to Hackerstons Wynd (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Plan of Edinburgh, from St Giless to Hackerstons Wynd)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross and Shire Hall on Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Market Cross and Shire Hall on Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Glastonbury, Somerset, c. 1920s

Glastonbury, Somerset, c. 1920s
A GWR Publicity view of the Market Cross in the centre of the vibrant town of Glastonbury in Somerset. The distinctive George Hotel is on the right

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Somerton Market Cross ZEH01_01_26

Somerton Market Cross ZEH01_01_26
SOMERTON MARKET CROSS, MARKET PLACE, SOMERTON, SOUTH SOMERSET. Stereoscopic view showing a group of schoolboys posed for the camera on Somerton Market Cross

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross or Kilmarnock Cross, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Market Cross or Kilmarnock Cross, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland. From The Works of Robert Burns, published 1888

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Archaeological Relics at Enfield, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Archaeological Relics at Enfield, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Archaeological Relics at Enfield, 1858. Remains of the Old Church, these arches were discovered in picking off the plaister...during repairs...They were possibly, with the tower

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: The Road to Goodwood - Chichester Cross, 1858. Creator: Unknown

The Road to Goodwood - Chichester Cross, 1858. Creator: Unknown
The Road to Goodwood - Chichester Cross, 1858. Crowds passing through Chichester in Sussex on the way to the horse races at Goodwood

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Anti-Papal Demonstration at Salisbury, 1850. Creator: Unknown

Anti-Papal Demonstration at Salisbury, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Anti-Papal Demonstration at Salisbury, 1850....the sober, peaceful, and respectable city of Salisbury [in Wiltshire] was frightened from the propriety of its stagnation by a grand mock procession of

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross DP072513

Market Cross DP072513
Market Cross, Saturday Market, Beverley, East Riding Of Yorkshire. General view of the market cross from the south

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Wells Market Cross MCF01_02_1250

Wells Market Cross MCF01_02_1250
MARKET PLACE, WELLS, MENDIP, SOMERSET. A view looking east across the Market Place past the Market Cross, showing pedestrians walking past buildings decorated with Union Jack flags and bunting

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Stow-on-the-Wold MCF01_02_1043

Stow-on-the-Wold MCF01_02_1043
MARKET SQUARE, STOW-ON-THE-WOLD, COTSWOLD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE. A view looking south-west at the south end of the Market Square

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Poultry Cross MCF01_02_0873

Poultry Cross MCF01_02_0873
POULTRY CROSS, SILVER STREET, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE. The Poultry Cross (Market Cross) seen from Silver Street with the premises of Joseph Powney at 36 Silver Street in the foreground

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Sheep droving MCF01_02_0186

Sheep droving MCF01_02_0186
MARKET CROSS, CHEDDAR, SEDGEMOOR, SOMERSET. Sheep being herded past the market cross in Cheddar with children watching

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Barnard Castle Market Place a62_02696

Barnard Castle Market Place a62_02696
MARKET PLACE, BARNARD CASTLE, COUNTY DURHAM. Looking south along the Market Place towards the Market Cross in Barnard Castle, showing a group of people standing in the foreground

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: North Walsham 33933_005

North Walsham 33933_005
North Walsham, Norfolk, 2020. Church of St Nicholas and the market cross

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Selby Market Cross a81_00688

Selby Market Cross a81_00688
Market Cross, Market Place, Selby, North Yorkshire. View from the south-east of the Market Cross in June 1936

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Grantham Market Cross a78_03963

Grantham Market Cross a78_03963
Market Cross, Market Place, Grantham, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire. The Market Cross viewed from the east with the Conduit House and buildings in Conduit Lane visible in the background

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Swaffham Market Cross a78_03986

Swaffham Market Cross a78_03986
Market Cross, Market Place, Swaffham, Breckland, Norfolk. The Market Cross, seen from the south-west. 1940s-1960s

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Medieval market cross at the main market, Treves, Mosel valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Medieval market cross at the main market, Treves, Mosel valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Place at Corfe Castle, Dorset, England

Market Place at Corfe Castle, Dorset, England

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Stonemason JLP01_09_860342

Stonemason JLP01_09_860342
MARKET CROSS, MARKET PLACE, CARLISLE, CUMBRIA. A Laing stonemason carrying out repairs at the top of the Market Cross in Carlisle, with a Laing Stonemasonry sign on display in the background

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Historic market square with market cross in the village of Culross, Fife, Scotland

Historic market square with market cross in the village of Culross, Fife, Scotland, Great Britain

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Chichester Market Cross ZEH01_01_25

Chichester Market Cross ZEH01_01_25
MARKET CROSS, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX. Stereoscopic view of Chichester Market Cross

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Chichester Market Cross JRU01_01_209

Chichester Market Cross JRU01_01_209
MARKET CROSS, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX. The Market Cross, viewed from the west. The Market Cross was built in around 1500, with the belfry and clock being added in 1724

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Poultry Cross Salisbury DAC01_03_017

Poultry Cross Salisbury DAC01_03_017
POULTRY CROSS, SILVER STREET, SALISBURY, WILTSHIRE. Poultry Cross viewed from the corner of Silver Street and Minster Street. Photographed between 1925 and 1935

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market cross, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Market cross, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Kings Arms Pub, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Kings Arms Pub, Stow-on-the-Wold, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market cross with Dome at Hauptmarkt, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Market cross with Dome at Hauptmarkt, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market cross with Steipe at Hauptmarkt, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Market cross with Steipe at Hauptmarkt, Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Hauptmarkt with church St. Gangolf and Steipe, Treves, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Hauptmarkt with church St. Gangolf and Steipe, Treves, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross, Culross (colour litho)

Market Cross, Culross (colour litho)
3101900 Market Cross, Culross (colour litho) by Haslehust, Ernest William (1866-1949); Private Collection; (add.info.: Market Cross, Culross)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: The Market Cross, Salisbury, Wilts (litho)

The Market Cross, Salisbury, Wilts (litho)
6028895 The Market Cross, Salisbury, Wilts (litho) by Roe, Fred (1864-1947); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Market Cross, Salisbury, Wilts)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Market Cross, Winchester (engraving)

Market Cross, Winchester (engraving)
5220668 Market Cross, Winchester (engraving) by Bartlett, William Henry (1809-54); Private Collection; (add.info.: Market Cross, Winchester)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: A Dancing Bear, 1865 (oil on canvas)

A Dancing Bear, 1865 (oil on canvas)
3930814 A Dancing Bear, 1865 (oil on canvas) by Jernberg, August (1826-96); 113x163 cm; National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden; Swedish, out of copyright

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Plan of the City and Castle of Edinburgh in 1742 (engraving)

Plan of the City and Castle of Edinburgh in 1742 (engraving)
5202844 Plan of the City and Castle of Edinburgh in 1742 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Plan of the City and Castle of Edinburgh in 1742)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: Scotland: Aberdeen, Market Cross and Municipal Buildings (b / w photo)

Scotland: Aberdeen, Market Cross and Municipal Buildings (b / w photo)
5204195 Scotland: Aberdeen, Market Cross and Municipal Buildings (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Aberdeen, Market Cross and Municipal Buildings)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: The Market Cross, Shepton Mallet (colour litho)

The Market Cross, Shepton Mallet (colour litho)
5995507 The Market Cross, Shepton Mallet (colour litho) by Cooper, Alfred Heaton (1864-1929); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Market Cross, Shepton Mallet)

Background imageMarket Cross Collection: The International Exhibition at Edinburgh (engraving)

The International Exhibition at Edinburgh (engraving)
1623312 The International Exhibition at Edinburgh (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The International Exhibition at Edinburgh)



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The Market Cross has stood as a symbol of trade and commerce in various cities across England. In 1501, Bishop Story gifted the Market Cross to Salisbury, providing shelter for traders who gathered there. This historic landmark is captured beautifully in a color lithograph, showcasing its grandeur and significance. Moving on to Edinburgh, an engraving reveals a plan of the city from St Giless to Hackerstons Wynd, with the prominent Market Cross marking its center. It served as a bustling hub where merchants would come together to exchange goods and conduct business. During the 1940s in Chichester, amidst wartime chaos, the Market Cross remained steadfast with a traffic policeman ensuring order prevailed. This image serves as a reminder of resilience during challenging times. Woodbridge's Market Hill boasts both the impressive Shire Hall and the iconic Market Cross side by side. These structures stand tall against time, witnessing countless transactions that have shaped this charming town in Suffolk. Wymondham's Market Cross stands proudly in Norfolk, another testament to centuries-old trading traditions that continue today. Its presence adds character to this quaint English village. In Alston, Cumbria - England's highest village - lies yet another notable example of a market cross. Standing tall amidst picturesque surroundings, it represents not only commerce but also community spirit thriving at great heights. Glastonbury's market cross takes us back to Somerset in the 1920s when life was simpler yet equally vibrant. The hustle and bustle around this central point created an atmosphere filled with energy and excitement. Lastly, Wells' market cross showcases intricate details that make it truly unique among others scattered throughout England. Its architectural beauty captures attention while serving as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. These diverse images capture different facets of market crosses across England – their historical significance intertwined with daily life activities such as trade or simply enjoying each other’s company under their protective roofs.