Knightlow Cross and Mound

Description of this historic site

The site of Knightlow wayside cross which is Medieval in origin. The cross shaft is no longer standing but the stone base is still visible in the top of a mound. The site is situated at Knightlow Hill, 1km north west of Stretton on Dunsmore.

Notes about this historic site

1 The morticed base of Knightlow Cross stands on a tumulus. The shaft of the cross was probably destroyed in the 16th century.
2 Medieval wayside cross. Square socket-stone only, lying in a field by the side of the main Coventry-Northampton road. The stone formed a receptacle for wroth money; there is no doubt that at one time it was part of a standing cross, but there is no evidence of its original resting place.
3 Ceremony of payment of ‘wroth silver’ to ‘Lord of Dunsmore’ each November 11th before sunrise. Charter dating from reign of King John (1199-1216).
4 Scheduled as Warwickshire Monument No 43.
5 The cross and mound could actually be of one period of construction. The ceremony of ‘wroth silver’ is still carried out.
6 Scheduling information.
7 New scheduling information. SAM No. 33136.

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