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Butter Cross, Burwell

Reference Name MLI42371

Butter Cross, Burwell

A medieval butter cross which was adapted to use as a dovecote, probably in the 17th or 18th century. Now used as the village hall.


The medieval butter cross at Burwell is thought to date to the 13th century, when the right to hold a market within the town was granted. The structure was at one time converted to a dovecote and is now in use as the village hall. In date it appears to be a 17th or 18th century remodelling of the original open-sided structure. {1}{2}{3}

The Butter Cross is largely constructed of red brick in about 1700 and was altered in the mid 19th and 20th centuries. It has an octagonal slate roof with chevroned brick eaves and a plain octagonal cupola. For the full description and the legal address of this listed building please refer to the appropriate List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. {4}

1 Index: SMR. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 37 NE: AE
2 Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. TF 37 NE: 10, 1964, Seaman, B.H.
3 Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. and Harris, J., with Antram, N.. 1989. Buildings of England (Second Edition). Lincolnshire. p.202
4 Index: Department of the Environment. 1987. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 8/9

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