These two massive Saxon stone crosses dominate the cobbled market square of Sandbach. They are elaborately carved with animals and Biblical scenes including the Nativity of Christ and the Crucifixion, and probably date from the 9th century. They were originally painted as well as carved, and they are among the finest surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon high crosses.
Read more about the history of Sandbach Crosses.
Before You Go
Parking: There are several paid car parks in the town centre, all a short walk from the Market Square.
Facilities: There are many shops, food outlets and public toilets nearby in Sandbach town centre.
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Plan a Great Day Out
More Saxon stone fragments can be seen by the porch of St Mary's Church, a short walk away from the crosses.
Or take a shorter drive west and visit Beeston Castle, which boasts 4,000 years of history, spectacular views, delightful woodland walks and a small café.
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