For a more recent shot see John Dolan’s photo here…
In the centre of the town stands the Market Cross, built in c1490, possibly using stone salvaged from the recently-ruined part of the abbey. It was described by John Leland writing in the 1540s as a 'right costly piece of work', which was built to shelter the 'poore market folke' when 'rain cometh'. An elaborately carved octagonal structure, it is recognised as one of the best preserved of its kind in England. It still serves its purpose today, nicknamed 'The Birdcage', because of its appearance, it shelters market traders by day and as a meeting point at night.
What a beautiful and unique building, Peter! It must have given shelter to many, many people in the course of the centuries! The information you added is very interesting, too! Best wishes, Anne
Nice slide Peter. The JPGing is interesting and adds an almost watercolor effect. I like the old MK1 Cortina visible through the cross.
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Photo taken in Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16, UK
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