Saved by the cross

by
02 November 2006

by Nigel Burnham

The future of an East Yorkshire church with an average Sunday attendance of just eight could be secured next week when a recently discovered treasure is auctioned at Christie’s.

  A 15th-century processional cross stood hidden behind the altar of St Mary’s, Thixendale, for more than 100 years — until it was spotted by a visitor two years ago.

The church has since discovered that the cross, which stands two feet tall and is mounted on a marble plinth, was donated to St Mary’s by its first Vicar, the Revd William Fox, in 1898. It will go under the hammer at Christie’s on 9 November with a reserve price of £5000.

  “When we found out how valuable it was, we realised we couldn’t keep it,” said Pauline Foster, a churchwarden. “St Mary’s is an open church, and we couldn’t afford to insure it.”

Proceeds from the sale will go towards matched funding for grants to install heating at the church.

Forthcoming Events

21-22 February 2020
Church Times Festival of Faith and Literature
For 2020 the Bloxham festival celebrates ‘The Power of Love’. Book tickets

26 March 2020
Theology Slam Live Final
Competition opens in November - more details coming soon. Read about the 2019 final

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read five articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)