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Cotherstone, The Christening Stone (Romaldkirk)

A medieval (1066 to 1540) stone cross base stands in the field to the south of the Cotherstone to Romaldkirk road. It is rectangular in shape, and it stands on a rubble platform. It was one of two surviving cross-bases on the old route from Cotherstone to Romaldkirk church along which bodies were carried for burial (See also stone cross). It was also called the Christening stone, as there was a tradition that a calf was christened there each May Day. This is now a Grade II listed building protected by law and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Reference number:D2502
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1121015
Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1016878

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Source of Reference
Local History of Romaldkirk


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