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Did you know that once upon a time you could pass either side of the Cross?

an old illustration of the cross
A postcard picture of Malpas Cross

The first picture is obviously from a sketch so it could perhaps be deemed as artistic licence.

Picture 2 is a photograph. This would seemingly suggesting that the highway went both sides of the Cross. However, it was an area where the market was held in the village, and the area was never adopted by the councils.

It has yet to be determined, but the closest guess we have at present is that the thoroughfare was closed of with bollards and the steps constructed sometime before 1912. (See the 3rd picture)

The Pet Stop was at that time Bentley's cycle shop, and who remembers Salts shop where the co-operative store now is?

another old picture of malpas cross
An old photograph of Church Street looking towards The Cross. This illustrates that the road once went the other side of the Cross where the steps exist today.

Note the Horse Traffic only. Ahhh!! those were the days when there was no congestion on Church Street.

picture of malpas cross in 1912
An old photograph of the Cross in 1912,. This is evidence that the current steps were installed sometime prior to 1912

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