Calverton Crosse

There are two references in wills to a ‘Calverton Crosse’, presumably a now lost village standing cross. Village crosses were free-standing upright structures, usually of stone, which were mostly erected during the medieval period.[156] There are two extant examples in the nearby village of Linby.[157]

In 1499 Thomas Belfin (or Belfyn) of Calverton, amongst various bequests to the church of St Wilfrid, including a rood loft, bequeathed 6s 8d (34p) to the cross; Item lego fabricæ crucis de le ston in parte occidentali vilæ de Calverton vjs viijd (Item I leave to the fabric of the stone cross at the west part of Calverton village 6s 8d).[158] In Testamenta Eboracensia, the 1545 will of Richard Willoughbye, alderman of Nottingham, contains the sentence, ‘To Wilyame Willughebie, my sone… a garden sette at Calverton Crosse in the tenor of John Godbere…’[159]

The former location of the cross is not known, and in general the very survival of such crosses since the Reformation has been much influenced by local attitudes and religious sentiment. Many seem to have been destroyed by iconoclasts during the 16th and 17th centuries.[160] Since the site was allegedly in the west part or side of Calverton (parte occidentali), it is perhaps plausible that it stood at the junction of Main Street and George’s Lane/Old Mews Lane. The date of its removal and the fate of the stones remain obscure, but it is tempting to speculate that some of them may form parts of nearby dwellings.

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