Saxon Cross in St Peter’s Minster Church, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Journal Of Antiquities

The Anglo- Saxon Cross in St Peter’s.

OS Grid Reference: SE 30657 33295. In St Peter’s parish church on Kirkgate in Leeds, west Yorkshire, there is a very tall and slender 10th century Anglo-Saxon wheel-headed cross, which stands on the Altar Flat. This very large city centre church is nowadays called Leeds Minster or ‘The Minster and Parish Church of Saint Peter-at-Leeds’. The cross-shaft fragments were discovered in the late 1830s when the tower was being demolished, but much of the present cross is a Victorian reconstruction of the original one, or as near to that as possible. There are several carved (sculptured) panels on the tall cross-shaft whereas other sections have nothing at all; and though it looks to be somewhat “cobbled-together’, it is a fairly credible-looking piece of construction. The church “here” was first mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) which stated that Leeds had a church, a priest and a mill; at this time the ruling overlord…

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One response to “Saxon Cross in St Peter’s Minster Church, Leeds, West Yorkshire

  1. Problem is, the cross is a Victorian reconstruction of an imagined ‘Anglo-Saxon’ one..the parish church itself (now called Leeds Minster) is mid-nineteenth century.

    Archaeologists haven’t found any Anglo-Saxon foundations to date.

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