The Market Cross

My local town is, and has been for close on 45 years, Devizes in Wiltshire. When I drove into the Market Place the other day I was shocked by a structure I didn’t, at first, recognise. But then I was driving and concentrating on other traffic and pedestrians using the crossing.

I was able to park the car and get a photograph.

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It proved to be the Market Cross under wraps. Presumably it is getting a bit of a spruce up.

Having lived in the area for 35 years I take these things for granted but I have found a photo I took of some classic cars around the Market Cross on a very wet day in May 2004.

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You might notice there’s a metal plaque on the cross. That tells the tale of Ruth Pierce.

This extract is from A History Military and Municipal of the Ancient Borough of The Devizes, by James Waylen. 1859. It tells the tale of Ruth’s attempt to be dishonest and her rapid demise.

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So let that be a lesson to one and all!

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One Response to “The Market Cross”

  1. jengarynewadventures Says:

    Reblogged this on JenGary New Adventures and commented:
    Oh My! Read to the end.

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