The Old Stone Crosses of Dorset

The Old Stone Crosses of Dorset

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ... a square at the base by convex stops, at the angles it is quite plain and equal sided, and tapers sharply towards the top. The socket, which is very massive, has an octagonal chamfered upper bed, with broaches of bold convex outline; it is three feet square at the base, and one foot eight inches deep, and is set up on a chamfered plinth of Portland stone. It may be questioned if this stump, which is cemented into the socket, and set square with the base, is part of the original shaft of the cross. The original shaft of so solid a base, which may have been mounted on a calvary of several steps, would probably have been more massive and set diagonally with the base and leaded into its mortise. The only record the writer has been able to find of this cross is in the third edition of Hutchins, vol. ii, published in 1863, where it is described as "The base and part of the shaft of a small perpendicular cross." It is said to have been placed in its present position in comparatively recent years by a former Rector of the parish. One third of the manor of Maiden Newton was in the reign of Edward IV granted to the Abbey of Cerne, and appears to have remained in its possession until the Dissolution of the monasteries, which may account for the erection of these two beautiful crosses, both of which are probably early fifteenth-century work. The plate of the village cross is from a photograph by Mr. W. L. Stephens. MELBURY BUBB, OR BUBB DOWN IN the churchyard to the south of the tower is the socket and part of the shaft of a fifteenth-century cross. The socket, which is square at the base, has fallen into decay; the upper bed was octagonal, as evidenced by the remains of the broaches at the corners, now almost entirely disappeared. It measures...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649587X
  • 9781236495877