18 Mar 2015

Clulow Cross

Clulow Cross

Clulow Cross

Clulow Cross stands on a prehistoric barrow just off the A54 near Wincle, camouflaged by a clump of beech trees with trunks of similar appearance to itself. It is classified as a Mercian pillarstone, i.e. dating from the Anglo-Saxon period, and is an unusual round pillar. It is almost certainly in its original setting as a waymarker – on a clear day you can see down a wide valley to Manchester in the distance. If you drive up to it along the little road from Macclesfield, you come over the brow of the hill, and suddenly the wild high landscape lies ahead, and it feels like the entrance to the High Peak. It was probably a reference point even in prehistoric times.

It appears at the end of Alan Garner’s novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and still today the place feels slightly eerie and significant. There are several other ancient stones in the area but this is the most striking.

The engraving was done by Paul Kershaw, who saw it on a snowy February day in 2012.