Wolverhampton Pillar

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Coordinates: 52°35′12″N 2°07′41″W / 52.586621°N 2.128087°W / 52.586621; -2.128087 Grid Reference SO 91419 98765

The Wolverhampton Pillar
Detail of carvings

The Wolverhampton Pillar is the shaft of an Anglo-Saxon High cross, still standing in its original location in the churchyard of St Peter's Collegiate Church, in Wolverhampton, England.[1]

It is a scheduled ancient monument,[1] and probably dates from around AD 996 when a college was founded at this site.[2]

The decoration is of an extremely rare type, and has survived the effects of weathering comparatively well. It consists of seven bands, depicting vine scrolls, various animals, acanthus, and lattice-work.[1]

Kendrick (1938) considered the decoration to be unique; the only surviving example in England which demonstrated the southern continental Baroque style.[3] He also thought (1949) that it illustrated "a taste for a crowded display of finicky decoration", which is also reflected in the later Stapleford Cross.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Anglian cross 25m south of St Peter's Collegiate Church (1005886)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Monument No. 118820". PastScape. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  3. ^ Kendrick, T D (1938). Anglo Saxon Art to AD 900. p. 192-193.
  4. ^ Kendrick, T.D. (1949). Late Saxon and Viking Art. p. 71-2 Plate XLVI.

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