The cross-base stands 4 foot 9' (1.5 metres) high by 3 foot 6' wide and is said to date from the 10th-11th century. Some historians have claimed that it dates from the 8th century, but that seems unlikely. It is quite well decorated with Saxon and Viking ornamentation comprising of interlacing and knotwork, and a circle with rosette knot which may be identified as 'The Tree of Life' in a panel that is double edged. The circle with rosette knot is the logo for The West Yorkshire Archaeological Service.
In an 18th century report is was said that a 15 foot high cross stood here, probably a preaching cross and at which time, or earlier, documentary evidence referred to it as a "wagestan" - a waymarker. The cross-face apparently also bore more interlacing and design-work similar to the base. Sadly, I don't know where the shaft and cross are today.
The West Yorkshire Archaeology Service (WYAS).
Bull, Malcolm - The Calderdale Companion.
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