This was the town's traditional north-west boundary landmark. The stone still survives in the upper stretch of Hill Lane but is incorrectly sited on the west side several yards west of its true position, which is near the corner of Rockleigh Road on the north side. The name may signify ‘wooden’ or, more probably, ‘hooded’, the suggestion being of either a wooden cross surmounting the stone base or a cross of whatsoever material screened from the weather by a special cowl-like superstructure. An alternative name, Woody Cross, suggests the former.

Hode Cross

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Photograph, c.2010


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