Spilsby Historic Market Town in Lincolnshire

The Buttercross

The ButtercrossThe Medieval Buttercross is to be found in the East Market Place opposite the Methodist Chapel.

Nikolaus Pevsner, (Buildings of England, Lincolnshire), suggests that the Buttercross was built in 14th century. Graham Platts in "Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire" (History of Lincolnshire.Vol. 5.1985) records a Charter was granted to John Beck in 1255 to hold a Market on Monday and a three day fair 24-26 July.In 1259, a Charter to hold Fair on 5-8 December also granted to John Beck.

IN 1305 Charter to hold Monday Market & July Fair granted to Robert of Willoughby. (The copy of the market charter which is in the Church is dated 1302).

The steps would have served as a market stall for the traders to display their wares and as a platform for itinerant preachers.

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