Set In Stone?

By simply glancing at the stone market cross straight ahead, you’d be forgiven for thinking it had looked like this for centuries, but our archive image taken in 1900 reveals that appearances can be deceptive!  Whilst the base itself is medieval, you can see that it used to be topped by a gas lamp.  The stone shaft that we see today was actually added on 27th May 1909.

It’s also interesting to note how the shop fronts have altered and the cobble setts have been covered or replaced with tarmac.