Churchyard Calvary Cross, Great Mitton, Lancashire

The Journal Of Antiquities

Medieval Calvary cross at Great Mitton, Lancs.

   OS Grid Reference: SD 71555 38958. In the churchyard of All Hallows parish church at Great Mitton in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, stands a late Medieval round-headed calvary cross which is beautifully carved with scenes from the crucifixion of Christ. The long tapering shaft and base of this Grade II listed monument are, however, more recent in date, but the sculptured cross-head is ‘still’ a very wonderful sight to behold. It may have originated in one of the local abbeys that were destroyed at the Dissolution. And close by there is another monument: a very delightful late 17th century sundial with a curious inscription running around its shaft. The church of All Hallows can be reached from the B6246 – some 2 miles northwest of Whalley. A short distance after the Aspinall Arms public house and the River Ribble the church is almost on the corner of Church Lane where the entrance to the churchyard is just around the corner, hidden in the…

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One response to “Churchyard Calvary Cross, Great Mitton, Lancashire

  1. Excellent post – in spite of Grindleton (formerly in the parish in despite being over the border) being the setting of my book I have never seen this – an oversight.
    Waddington had been cut from Mitton parish and effectively given ‘semi-autonomous’ status. Nevertheless, technically, marriage still had to be ‘asked’ in Mitton. Grindleton had had a chapel before the 1438 agreement establishing Waddington as a semi-autonomous area within Mitton but, unlike Waddington, Grindleton had no ecclesiastical status. Baptisms and burials and (it would seem to a slightly lesser extent) marriages for the inhabitants of Grindleton and its surrounding hamlets took place at Waddington. Grindleton’s status only shifted in the period between 1760 and 1824. Today it is a separate parish centred around the church of Saint Ambrose, off the modern-day Sawley Road, on the lower-lying land towards the river. It was a wholly new site and the church was constructed almost immediately after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, although it was modified dramatically in the late 1890s by the Lancaster firm of architects, Paley, Austin and Paley.

    It is suspected that Grindleton Chapel was in more or less continuous use as well. The 1538 will of Elizabeth Parker, late wife of Brian, “the balyf of Bowland” left money for ‘Gryndleton chappel’ in his will – see C. Spencer – ‘Slaidburn and Bowland wills and administrations’, Vol. 1 (2000). The Parkers clearly had close ties to Waddington church. It does seem, for example. that Giles, the son of Edmund Parker of Browsholme (traditional pronounced ‘Brew—some’ in the Forest) had later been ‘priest’ of Waddington. His father had died in 1543 (born 1482). Giles himself (named after his grandfather) died in 1578 – again, see C. Spencer.


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