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|Description ||This photograph shows the Axstone insitu near Axstones Spring Farm probably taken in the early 1950s by the Macclesfield historian, Walter Smith. Picture curtesy of Doug Pickford.|
|How come 22 people logged on to this one before me, and didn't leave a comment? I think it looks really funny and have tried SO hard not to say anything, because it's bound to be droll!! |
|Ok. I admit it. I looked and my first thought was 'It looks like a nob'. But I'm not gonna post that, am I? (Doh! I just did...)|
|I assumed it was not very 'nob-like' originally. Did it have a 'cross head' on it?|
|Is this the same stone as the one 'Astromoner' posted on the 'Axstone Cross' page? That one looks the same, but has a different grid ref. It does look taller though. Maybe it's just that it went 'walkabout', so has been allocated two separate sites? (Or dichotomized???) ;-)|
|Well spotted Angie - it is the Axstone Cross so not a prehistoric "nob" at all. I have brought the two photos together and deleted the second spurious site page.|
|Andy B |
|Just shows how easy it is to let the imagination run riot! Purely chance that it looks like that then, unless it was someone defacing a Christian site to look like a...|
|Local folklore certainly supports the idea of these Mercian shafts being phallic symbols. There is little evidence that they ever had cross-heads on them. IF they can be considered as Christian totems (which I doubt), they come from that dark age c 600-900 when paganism was still very much to the fore in the Cheshire-Staffordshire moorlands.|
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