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The medieval remains of Don John's Cross, St George, Bristol | by ChurchCrawler
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The medieval remains of Don John's Cross, St George, Bristol

This wayside or preaching cross stood originally where the two roads from Chippenham and Bath join into one where today a Victorian drinking fountain and horse trough stands. There was also a pub (since demolished) a little further west opposite the park which also had the name Don John's Cross.

Don John's Cross was an old medieval relic, of uncertain origin, that is believed to have formerly occupied the site of William Butler's gift to the people of St George, The Fountain. The remains are said to have been found in the glebe house grounds opposite in the 1950s. Several legends have grown up about the origins of this cross, the one most prominent being that a spanish nobleman died nearby and it was erected in his memory, but this is entirely unsubstantiated by fact.

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Taken in May 2013