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A stone from the old bridge at Bishop Bridge, Osgodby

Reference Name MLI51970

A stone from the old bridge at Bishop Bridge, Osgodby

A stone on a plinth originally thought to be a medieval cross in the grounds of Kingerby Hall. Now thought to have come from Bishops Bridge.


On the Ordnance Survey map of 1888 there is a 'stone pillar' marked at this spot in Kingerby. On the second edition map of 1905 this had been changed to indicate a stone cross with a date of 1451. {1}{2}

In 1915 D. S. Davies published a note on this structure, calling it a base and shaft, giving the dimensions of the base as 36 inches square and 22 inches deep with the shaft being 15 inches by 13 inches near the base and 43 inches long. A long strip 4 inches thick had been sawn from the shaft. Davies did not call this structure a cross in his description. He did, however, comment on an old Latin inscription that was on the base, 'Pons Episcopi / Dei Ora / A O C / Con. AD 1541', with an indication that there was a carved cross between the words 'Dei' and 'Ora'. [Pons Episcopi means 'The bridge of the Bishop'.] An editorial note comments that this stone has most probably come from the bridge, still called Bishop's Bridge, over the junction of the rivers Rase and Ancholme only about 2 miles south-west of Kingerby. [The editor was E. Mansel Sympson, an eminent local historian and antiquarian.] {3}

In August 1963 an OS field inspector visited the site and referred to the remains of the 'cross', saying that the shaft had now fallen but that the inscription and date (both seemingly recut) were clearly decipherable and that the date read 1451. {4}

In 1978 the curator of the City and County Museum visited the site and took a photograph. He stated that this had been moved from the site marked on the OS map and he placed it further east nearer to the road. He said that it was not a cross but a stone from the old bridge at Bishop Bridge with a date of 1451. In the photograph the shaft is again standing on the base. {5}{6}

1 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1884-1888. 6 Inch Ordnance Survey County Series Map - First Edition. 45 NW
2 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1906. 25 Inch Ordnance Survey County Series Map - Second Edition. 45/2
3 Article in serial: DAVIES, D.S.. 1915. 'Ancient stone crosses in Lindsey and Holland Divisions of Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire Notes and Queries. vol.13, pp.161-62
4 Index: OS CARD INDEX. OSGODBY. TF 09 SE:12,1963, FDG
6 Photograph: PARISH FILE. OSGODBY. -

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