Cross Base and Maze

Cross Base Approximately 3 Metres West of Road Verge

The junction of Ermine Street and Risby Road is marked by a traffic island, edged with a blue brick kerb, on which are the two Mediaeval cross bases. These are important relics and are appropriately have ‘Listed  Building’ status.


Information taken from British Listed Buildings.

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 January 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 165971

Cross base. Medieval. Limestone ashlar, with lead jointing to shaft
socket. Two-tier octagonal drum pedestal on square base, approximately 30cm
high overall, with the base of the octagonal shaft broken flush with the
top. Probably originally a wayside cross, but not in original position.
According to local tradition this and the nearby cross base to the east (qv)
were brought from Thornholm Priory 2 miles to the south.

Location: Risby Road, Appleby, North Lincolnshire DN15 0AA

OS Grid Reference: SE9491614888
OS Grid Coordinates: 494916, 414888
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6219, -0.5664

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There are two medieval stone crosses (which are thought to have come from Thornholme Priory). Until relatively recently there stood a large Elm Tree said to mark the location where John Wesley the founder of Methodism, preached a prothletising sermon.


The Cross Base was depicted on the cover of Lincolnshire Life magazine, dated 1976.

Lincs Life 1976

Appleby Turf Maze

Legend has it that Appleby once had a maze, known as ‘Troy’s Walls’, situated somewhere close to Ermine Street. It was believed to be similar to the maze at Alkborough, known as ‘Julian’s Bower’.

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