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Ashwell Street Cross, Kneesworth

History of the Ashwell Street Cross

In 1923 W M Palmer wrote (Camb Chron):

Here in medieval days stood a cross at which wayfarers could pray. This was the site of the following incident four hundred years ago. A chapman named William Fish of Yarmouth had marked a man named Thomas Melan of Royston whom he thought simple enough for his purpose. So he put a written note under his door stating that if he did not put 20s in money at the bottom of this cross, his house would be burned down. But the fool was not fool enough to be had like that. he took the note to the constable of the parish, and the chapman was clapped in gaol. The base of the cross was discovered when Kneesworth Hospital was repaired and now stands on the lawn there.

 

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