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Durham, Charles' Cross

This type of cross, standing on a tiered plinth of stone, was known as a Charley, Parson or Pearsby cross. This one stood on a road in Elvet at the southern edge of the city of Durham. A common sight on the roadside in Grimm's day, they were generally neglected and gradually became obsolete. Even on this one, the cruciform shape looks worn down, and the plinth is covered with grass and weeds. Haystacks stand beside the road as a carriage heads up from Elvet towards Darlington, crossing the 'great road' on the southern edge of Durham. Inevitably, this country scene is now a built-up area. The cottage is the New Inn and the field on the extreme right, first developed as a coal mine, is instead today the site of the University Library, a mine of information.

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