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Melton Heritage Trail

Corn Cross

Corn Cross


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Nottingham Street,
Melton Mowbray,
LE13 1NW


The current Corn Cross was built in 1996, replacing the earlier medieval cross. This area was known as Cornhill as traders would have bought and sold corn here. Other market crosses included the Butter Cross, Sheep Cross and Sage Cross.

Held on a Tuesday for almost a thousand years, the market of Melton Mowbray was the only one in Leicestershire to be mentioned in the eleventh-century Domesday Book, being worth 20 shillings. This shows the town was important long before hunting become popular and the market was given Royal Seal of approval in 1324.

The name Melton Mowbray is formed of two words. The first Melton, is a corruption of Medeltune, meaning middle farmstead and the second is after the family which held the manor. Roger de Mowbray held the manor around 1130 and Mowbray was added after Melton from 1282.

Trail: Melton Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 2


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Map reference: SK 751191  Lat: 52.76488 Long: -0.88752