|Facing towards Bolton|
|Facing towards Tottington|
|The entrance to Affetside. |
This is on the right-hand side of the road
as you head up the hill towards Bolton
This view is taken in the early morning heading from Tottington towards Affetside. This is all uphill. The path joins Watling street just about 400 yards before the cross
|The Cross looking towards the Jumbles|
An early January morning. This picture is taken
from the middle of the road the houses are to
my back. The path continues down hill towards Bolton
Visited Affetside frequently with my mother there were many paths across the fields from Greenmount and Tottington. At one time the horse that featured in the "Black Horse" adverts was stabled nearby. I bought my first motorbike from a chap who lived in the farms just below the top of Affetside. The cross is one of the Markers in the 2 Crosses challenge event usually held in January of each year. Organised by the East Lancs LDWA. It starts from Tottington Community Centre. The second cross on the route aboute 15 miles further on is the Pilgrims' Cross on Holcombe Moor. Pictures and information can be found here.
|The inscription which is close to the cross.|
This is the inscription:
"Affetside Cross marks the route of the Roman road from Manchester to Ribchester now known as Watling Street. The stone shaft has a socket cut into the top which originally supported a cross head or stone ball. The structure would have served as a market cross for Affetside and surrounding hamlets and possibly as a place for preaching and public proclamations. This form of standing cross would have been relatively common in medieval settlements. However they were largely swept away in the reformation during the mid 16th and 17th Centuries making Affetside cross a relatively rare survival.
|A Mark 2 Pillbox. This is situated between Turton and the A666|
Couldn't resist adding it! But it's on the 2 Crosses route!