Ancient Crosses

Garston Village Cross

From The Ancient Crosses of Lancashire by Henry Taylor:

Mr. Cox writes: “The other cross stood below the rock on which was built Garston Hall at the head of the mill-dam, and just opposite to the bridge where the stream entered the pool; its site would be near the present centre of the junction of St. Mary’s Road and Chapel Road.” The remains consisted of a square solid base or pedestal and a portion of the square shaft. A view of it is given in the Binns Collection at Liverpool, in which is shown on one side of the base-stone the socket-holes for the stocks. Writing again in 1895 Mr. Cox says: “It is shown by Troughton on two steps, and probably marked a well, or limits of land belonging to the Abbey of Stanlaw. It was buried when St. Mary’s Road was made, and a public-house built over it. It was found again in making a drain, and was kept for many years by Father Smith on a new site. Inscribed on the new plinth is the appropriate motto, ‘Ecce crucem reddientem.'” The old base-stone and shaft, as rebuilt, are carried on a flight of four steps. Below the Latin inscription are these words: “The Garston Cross formerly erected by our Catholic forefathers in memory of the faith for which they suffered and of which they were robbed by the tyranny of their oppressors.”

2 Comments on “Garston Village Cross”

  • Em


    Does anybody know anything about Tilehouse cottage in Garston? I’m aware that the field backed onto the rail tracks and now there is a housing estate on that field. My grandmother moved to the cottage in 1940 after the may blitz with her 3 siblings and her mom and dad. I have a sketch of the cottage that my grandmother drew when she was there and I just wondered if anyone knew the exact location or possibly and photos?


    • Hi Em,

      I’ve had a quick look at the old maps of Garston, and can’t seem to find the cottage, but if anyone else has any clues as to where this cottage might be, please do chime in!



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