The market cross is certainly the oldest structure in North Kyme. Standing in the
centre of the village the cross has featured in nearly all the old photographs of
the village. The monument consists of two base steps with a socket stone, surviving
to what is thought to be its full original height. The cross was renovated in 1821
(denoted with the inscription "IT 1821" and again in the early 1950s. Before the
renovation was complete the children of North Kyme school buried a time capsule under
the cross. Articles included: A fizzy pop bottle, the coins that were in circulation
at the time, a news paper along with notes about the school. This was all carried
out under the watchful eye of the then headmaster Mr Henry King.
This is an excerpt taken from the Lincolnshire heritage site. If you know of (and
I know you do) any specific history of our cross then please e-mail us and tell us
North Kyme Market cross
Because a standing cross is a holy place they became used as locations to validate
deals or transactions and thus the market cross was born. There are good examples
of market crosses at Spilsby, Grantham and Tattershall. In some towns the market
cross becomes a whole building, bearing a cross on its top. The butter cross at Burwell
(now the Church Hall) is one of the few examples of such structures in Lincolnshire.
The destruction of crosses
Most of the standing crosses you can see today are either the broken remains of a
cross or a 19th or 20th century restoration. Very few have survived intact. Why have
these holy monuments been so systematically destroyed? ... well, during the reformation
in the 16th and 17th centuries they were considered to be papist symbols and the
tops of them were smashed off. The only one I know of in the county that has survived
is the cross in Somersby Churchyard - here a 15 foot, tapering octagonal shaft topped
with a simple gabled cross head still stands. At North Kyme, most (about 10 foot)
of the shaft is still there, although the cross head itself is lost.
North Kyme Millennium Stone and Bench
The stone and bench stand adjacent to the market cross. Both were commissioned for
the millennium. The village was granted £400 from North Kesteven to contribute towards
the village’s celebrations. A committee was formed headed by Glynn Pout to decide
on how to spend the money. A lot of time was taken deciding on what permanent fixture
could be placed in the village to mark the turn of the century and millennium. The
idea of the stone came from a trip to Tattershall Castle, where names from way, way
back could be seen, they had been carved by the graffiti artists of their day. So.
after weeks of investigation and pleading poverty, the stone was brought in from
a quarry in Yorkshire (as local stone was deemed to be too soft) at a cost of £10
(a tip for the driver). The stone was machine and manhandled into place over a weekend
with the help of nearly every able bodied man in the village (see history page).
A pictorial story of how the stone was places can be seen here.
If you see anybody in the village "defacing" the stone by scratching their name onto
the surface, don't be annoyed. That's exactly what it is there for.
A robust steel bench was constructed by Chris Hammond of main Street, to be placed
by the stone on the small green outside the Coach House Motel
The new church, dedicated to St. Luke, was built in 1877 and seats about 250. A
relatively modern church the old church of North Kyme was pulled down at the time
of Reformation. It is a fact that church was designed and planned sitting around
a table of the Plough Inn. Read the history of ST Luke's