Next time you pass Stumps Cross…

23rd April 2015

For years walkers on the Cotswold Way at Stumps Cross near Stanway must have wondered how it got its name. Its position marks a crossroads which was likely to have been important in the medieval period. Originally there was a stone wayside cross, which was probably erected in around the 10th Century, and destroyed in the 16th or 17th Century. After it was further damaged twenty years ago by a vehicle, and the 18” high piece of shaft was stolen, all that was left was the socket stone and that was mostly obscured by grass and nettles.

Permission for a repair was gained from the landowner Lord Wemyss and from English Heritage, then the Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens gave £250 from their Countryside Fund to commission Stanway stonemason, Richard Podd, to carve a stone to shape.  It has been set into the socket using lime mortar and resin, and a liberal coating of ‘muck’ will encourage some rapid ageing.

So next time you pass Stumps Cross, look out for it and impress your fellow walkers with this story!

Thanks to Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers for this story...

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