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Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross
Mercat Cross

Photo credit: Andy Hayes / Art UK

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The work has a stepped octagonal base with a circular shaft (dated 1992) surmounted by carved unicorn with a Scottish shield on a square pedestal. There are heraldic carvings to each side of pedestal, including the burgh arms of Dunfermline, a shield with a lion rampant to front, and foliate carvings to the underside of the pedestal. The cross has been moved and re-erected several times.

Date

1626 & 1992

Medium

sandstone

Accession number

KY12_AH_S009

Work type

Cross

Owner

Fife Council

Custodian

Fife Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

B (Scotland)

Listing date

12/01/71

Access

at all times

Inscription description

commemorative plaque: MERCAT CROSS / THE MARKET CROSS (MERCAT IN SCOTS) / WAS DUNFERMLINE'S MAIN MEETING PLACE. / IN THE DAYS BEFORE NEWSPAPERS AND / TELEVISION, OFFICIAL PROCLAIMATIONS WERE / MADE HERE ATOP A STONE PLATFORM. / THIS CROSS DATES IN PART FROM / 1626 BUT HAS BEEN REBUILT AND / MOVED SEVERAL TIMES.; inscription to base of column: RE-ERECTED / BY / PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / 5TH AUGUST 1868; other side of column: 1992


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Located at

High Street, Dunfermline

KY12 7DF