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Sketch by Jean Harrison from Leicestershire Round brown guide

Sketch by Jean Harrison from Leicestershire Round brown guide


Despite all the concerns about cyber attacks and the like how would we now manage without the World Wide Web. I’ve just had an enjoyable hour trying to discover more about the monument at High Cross for the updated guide to the Leicestershire Round and I now feel that I must share it with you. The original guide had a nice sketch by Jean Harrison.


From the Leicestershire Round blue guide, un-named artist

From the Leicestershire Round blue guide, un-named artist


The later blue guide had another sketch. If you have visited the site you will know that a little bit of artist’s licence is required. Despite being Listed the remains of the monument base are in a poor state, the Latin inscription which is often reproduced in translation has been illegible for decades.

I wanted to know more about this and started a web trawl eventually discovering a page ‘In Search of Middle England’ by Philip Coppens, I invite you to take a look In Search of Middle England here you will find a contempory sketch by William Stukeley (1687-1765) and more about the monument.

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