Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for NEVILLES-CROSS

NEVILLES-CROSS, an ancient cross, in the E of the centre of Durhamshire; on a hill by the river. Brune or Browney, overlooking a wide expanse of smoky country, 1¼ mile S W of Durham city. It commemorates thebattle of Red Hills or Nevilles-Cross, fought on 17 Oct.1346, when David, king of Scotland, suffered a great defeat. It probably was preceded by a more ancient cross; it formerly was adorned with statues of the four evangelists, and surmounted by a crucifix; it was denuded of these by wanton demolition, in 1589; and it is now reduced to a stone-stepped base and the lower part of theshaft.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "an ancient cross"   (ADL Feature Type: "monuments")
Administrative units: County Durham AncC
Place: Nevilles Cross

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