Tyne and Wear HER(79): Sunderland, Market Cross - Details
Sunderland, Market Cross
Religious Ritual and Funerary
It has been claimed that a weekly market was held in High Street during medieval times, the centre once marked by a stone cross which is supposed to have been destroyed during the Civil War. Ordnance Survey records include the following: "A market cross with pedestal 3 feet high, situated at the end of Union Street and High Street was mentioned in 1726 and is shown on a plan circa 1790. During clearance to the area in 1809 the cross was believed to have been thrown on to a rubbish heap".
<< HER 79 >> W.C. Mitchell, 1919, History of Sunderland, pp. 33, 100 Ordnance Survey archaeological record cards,1956, Market cross (site)