MHG3668 - Market Cross, Town House, High Street, Inverness


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  • MARKET CROSS (Medieval to 21st Century - 1058 AD to 2100 AD)

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NH64NE0271 Clach-Na-Cudainn
JHooper, 16/1/2002
NH64NE 10 6668 4521.

(NH 6668 4521) The original site of the market cross of Inverness cannot be pointed out now; it is supposed to have stood near its present one which is on the Exchange in front of the Towh Hall. The cross is about 10 feet in height and in good preservation.
Name Book 1868.

The Market Cross of Inverness is a square shafted example with splay on corners, supporting a moulded capital. It rests on a large stone base set against the wall of the Towh Hall. This Cross is about to be restored.
J W Small 1900.

The present Town Cross probably dates from 1768. The older one was removed many years ago. It stood in front of the site of the Forbes Fountain now standing in the Exchange.
C Fraser-Mackintosh 1913.

The Market Cross of Inverness now stands close to the north side of the Town Hall. It is a square shaft of ashlar masonry (c. 2m xc. 2m.) with chamfered edges, set in a modern base, upon three steps. It is surmounted by a unicorn and has a total height of c. 5m.
Visited by OS (W D J) 31 March 1960.

NMRS Library
"Scottish Country Life" June 1928 p 185 photograph
" June 1929 p 225 same photograph

Martin Briscoe has submitted photographs of this site to the Highland HER Flickr group. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6668 4521 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH64NE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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