Keys to the Past

Middle Golden Pot (Rochester and Byrness)

This is one of a group of five or more stones called Golden Pots that stood between Redesdale and Chew Green. The stone is a socket or base stone for a cross shaft and measures 0.7m by 0.6m and is 0.3m high. The socket hole measures 0.4m by 0.2m by 15mm deep. It appears that this stone probably originally stood at Inner Golden Pot and was moved here in the 19th century. The stones were once thought to be Roman milestones but are more probably the remains of medieval wayside crosses, dating to the 14th century. They would have helped guide travellers using Dere Street in the medieval period. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N126
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Rochester and Byrness


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