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Warsop Crosses, Church Warsop

Warsop Crosses, Church Warsop

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1773

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15545

Item number: f.61

Length: 34.5

Width: 49

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Manuscript

This lively view shows two stone plinths (the second located faintly to the right of the background) where stone crosses would have once stood. These were common sights in and around villages until the mid-18th century. When they fell into disrepair they were considered an obstacle to traffic and were seldomly replaced.

The structure on the plinth in the front of the picture could be some sort of Maypole, but it certainly looks temporary. Notice the sign of the swan, indicating what must surely be The Swan Inn, and the sign of the blacksmith's forge. This sketch gives a charming insight into 18th-century village life.

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