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Melton Heritage Trail

Market Cross

Market Cross


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Melton Mowbray,
LE13 1XD


The current Butter Cross was reconstructed from parts of the existing cross and was erected in 1986. During the civil war in the sixteenth century, 158 marriages took place at the Butter Cross.

In 1837 the Marquis of Waterford, known as the Mad Marquis, had been to Croxton Park Races with his friends. Then at 3 am they came to Melton Mowbray and literally painted the town red, as well as a constable. The Swan Porch across the road suffered a fire and when the Swan was rescued, red paint was found under layers of white. The Swan housed many civic functions of Melton Mowbray including courts, armoury and coaching inn and may have belonged to Walter Prest, a wealthy wool merchant, who got permission from John de Mowbray in 1331 to build a porch to his house in the market place.

Trail: Melton Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 7


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Map reference: SK 752191  Lat: 52.76441 Long: -0.88663