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Wayside Crosses

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A Wayside Cross is any cross that has been erected by the side of a road or path and they are found all over the world, particularly in Europe.

 

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There appears to be two remains of Wayside Crosses in Bolton-by- Bowland, one is located on the left hand side of the driveway approach to the formal Bolton Hall and the second behind Mint Cottage.
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These Wayside crosses would have been used as a marker for the route between Sawley Abbey and Bolton Abbey.
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If you have any further information on these crosses's, please email gawin.davies@bolton-by-bowland.org
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Wayside Crosses - There have been various reasons for erecting these: For example as markers placed along routes used by Christian pilgrims, or as a shrine in reverence, perhaps to a saint who has some connection to the locality. Others mark burial sites, a disaster, a miracle, or some other event that should be remembered. In some cases they were erected to mark meeting places for Christian worship and later churches were built adjacent to the cross, resulting in the cross being within the church's walls.

Wayside Crosses are typically made of stone, iron or wood, of modest size and appearance, and often neglected, especially if sited in the countryside. For protection from the elements, some are enclosed or semi-enclosed.

There are an unknown number of Wayside Crosses, many of which are featured in local history books and tourist guides. Many more have quite probably fallen into ditches and become covered with debris, just waiting to be discovered one day.