Historic market place cross returned
Long Melford Heritage Centre founder John Nunn along with Heritage Centre members Dave Carter and Kenneth Dodd assisted by Long Melford parish Councillor Graham Eade have completed a project to restore the remains of the village’s market cross.
The market cross, believed to be 13th century in date, was probably erected sometime after the village was awarded a charter for a market by King Henry III in 1235.
It was destroyed by an anti-Catholic mob in 1642 who at the same time sacked Melford Hall, home of the Catholic Lady Rivers.
Mr Nunn said: “Our thanks go to Sir Richard Hyde Parker of Melford Hall for his permission to proceed with the project and to Suffolk county councillor Richard Kemp for helping to fund the project with his locality budget.
“Also to Trudi Jeffs, chair of Long Melford Historical and Archaeological Society, for her research and support.”
To date the Heritage Centre team has also restored two milestones at the northern and southern entrances to the village.