Market Cross to the east of Easingwold Town Hall, twelve miles north of York. This comprises a square canopy on four iron pillars and what is thought to be a remnant of the market cross. The roof has an elaborated wooden structure — as shown on the right above, and left below — and is slated.

The pillar base on the north-west corner has the mark “W.WALKER.YORK”, though not so clear as the similar mark on the lamp standards at the County Hospital, York (1849-51) [Click here for an image]. The date of the Market Cross is not known, but it appears on a photo dated 1906.

The market was chiefly of cattle, and the market place has been cobbled since at least the seventeenth century (Yorkshire Gazette, 23 March 1839: 5). There are areas of patterns in the cobbles, of unknown date; recent changes were made in 1938 and 2011.

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Yorkshire Gazette. 23 March 1839: 5, cols. 3 and 4.

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