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This group is for pictures of stone crosses erected at road junctions (crossroads) and beside paths in England, Scotland and Wales . Wayside crosses are particularly common on the moors of Cornwall and Devon (there are almost a hundred upon Dartmoor and several hundred in Cornwall) but are found throughout Britain (Norfolk, Derbyshire and North Yorks are notable). Many are Medieval in date and presumably gave comfort to lonely travellers or marked routes between places of religious significance. There are also old stone crosses in churchyards and in village centres or markets place; many of these come from the same tradition and may have been moved from their original wayside position (and so are included). Several old stone crosses have been renovated and used as War Memorials; these are suitable for inclusion here. (see for notes on waymarkers and wayside features).

There is a Flickr Group - Early Crosses - which is a better place to put pictures of graveyard crosses or memorial crosses or crosses not located in Britain. It is difficult to judge whether old crosses standing in churchyards were ever wayside crosses. In general if it is ornately carved and has Anglo-Saxon or Viking/Hebredian figures, I would think this was more likely to be an old Preaching or true Churchyard Cross.

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