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    ROCESTER CHURCH-YARD CROSS, Staffordshire.

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    Sunbright57

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    ROCESTER CHURCH-YARD CROSS, Staffordshire.

    Post  Sunbright57 on Sun May 22, 2011 12:30 pm

    Os grid reference SK.1117039394. The Staffordshire village of Rocester is 4 miles north of Uttoxeter on the B5030 road. It can easily be reached from Stoke on Trent, Leek and Ashbourne. The church of St Michael with it's interesting Medieval church-yard cross is located on Dove Lane in the centre of the pretty little, olde-worlde village.

    The cross stands some 40 yards away from St Michael's church. It is quite a striking moument standing 20 feet high and dating from the 13th century. It stands on 3 tier circular steps displaying convexed mouldings and a graduated base stone. It's long, tapering shaft is described as "quadrilobe" which has sunken dog-tooth, or fret-work decoration on two sides. Unfortunately, the head is missing, but it's collared coronet remains in place.

    The Rocester church-yard cross was listed as Grade II in 1966 and the English Heritage Building Id is 407190.

    Drawing in the William Salt Library collection is by John Chessell Buckler 1832.

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