Old Stone Crosses of West Gloucestershire, by Ruth Hirst

Old Stone Crosses of West Gloucestershire, by Ruth Hirst
Booklet published by Black Dwarf in 1998, 40 pages. A5 size booklet (N6014)
From the introduction: Although from my earliest days I was aware of those beauties of architectural style at Lydney, Aylburton and Clearwell, I first became seriously interested in the ancient stone crosses whilst living in Cornwall, where there are over 600 of various types and state of preservation - and where, even now, 'new' ones are quite often being discovered. Having studied the cornish monuments, on my return to the Forest of Dean, I decided to learn more about the crosses in the different counties of England, (and I use the old names), with special attention on those of Gloucestershire and more particularly still, those between Severn and Wye; although I have also searched for any in the neighbouring counties of Monmouth and Herefordshire with some success. It is not only those monuments still extant that are of interest; indeed, the sites of the lost crosses are most significant (i.e. the High Cross, Newnham). Some War Memorials have been placed on an ancient site, some even incorporating part of the old monument. Two to the north of the area, both on the west side of the Severn, which stand in the 'right' position are the memorials in Chaceley and Tirley churchyards; can either or both have been the site of a churchyard cross? Though most of the crosses are in churchyards, usually on the south side of the church - as some would have it, 'so that the shadow of the building did not fall on it' - others are by the roadside; often placed as boundary markers to ecclesiastic or other estates. Many have been restored to commemorate some special event, such as Westbury on Severn's village cross restored for Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887; while Ross's Plague Cross in the churchyard is self­ explanatory...

The condition of the booklet is generally good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is very light spine roll along the left hand edge of the booklet.
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