Volume 12: Nottinghamshire

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Current Display: Elston (Chapel) 1, Nottinghamshire Forward button Back button
Present Location
Unknown. Not found in 2007.
Evidence for Discovery
The earliest reference to this piece might be in Cox, who describes 'a small cross-pattée in relief with beginning of a shaft, part of an early coffin lid' (1912a, 85–6). It is not clear where the stone then was, although most authorities are agreed that the earliest visible chapel fabric is twelfth-century in date.
Church Dedication
Present Condition

Writing in the 1950s, Lawrence Butler described an item of graveyard furniture decorated with 'Simple circles with lines inside to form a cross of a Maltese type ... while at Skegby and Elston Chapel there is a Greek Cross within the circle' (1952, 29).


Appendix C item (lost stones for which no illustration has survived).

There are two problems here. First, it is possible that Cox (1912a, 85–6) was not describing Butler's grave-cover, but a second early monument at Elston, which has also now disappeared. This monument might also be that referred to in 1938 by Arthur Mee (1938, 103). (Because of this possibility, reference to a cross-pattée item is also listed in Appendix F below.) Secondly, rather than the form we would expect for a 'cross pattée', the monument described by Butler would appear to have had an equal-armed cross (perhaps Corpus type 1A) set within a circle, and could therefore have been a Corpus item. Without any known image, however, it is hard to estimate its date. It might have been of the twelfth century, and therefore contemporary with the earliest fabric of the chapel itself, which, however, is said to have been removed from a site elsewhere in East Stoke and rebuilt in its present location only in 1577 (Blagg 1900).

Twelfth century?
Cox 1912a, 85–6; Butler 1952, 29

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