Annual wash and brush up for Butter Cross
On Wednesday 20 September the Butter Cross or City Cross in High Street, one of
The City Council organises this yearly cleaning operation to remove dirt that inevitably accumulates, to maintain the appearance and to prolong the life of this important ancient monument. At the same time as the cleaning takes place, specialist stonemasons will replace one or two of the delicate finials at the very top of the monument.
The cleaning and repairs are expected to only take one day and will require The Cross to be clad in scaffolding to allow contractors safe access to the upper levels.
There has been a City Cross on or very close to the site for at least 700 years. The earliest parts of the surviving monument, including one of the carved figures (St John the Evangelist), date from the 15th century. The City Council first undertook the maintenance of the Cross in the 16th century. Much of the present structure dates from a restoration by the architect Gilbert Scott, carried out in 1865.
The four figures on the Cross are traditionally said to represent William of Wykeham, King Alfred, St John the Evangelist, and Lawrence de Anne, a prominent merchant and Mayor of Winchester in the late 13th -early 14th centuries.