Millennium Cross
Millennium Cross
Millennium Cross
Millennium Cross

© the artist's estate. Image credit: Stewart Bond / Art UK

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The cross is carved with symbols representing 2000 years of Christianity, as well as the history of Longridge. There are images of factories, terraced houses, a farm and animals, a steam engine pulling a goods wagon, a horse drawn quarry wagon, a farmer leading a bull, a church, sheep, a Celtic face, and the Greek symbol of a fish. Carved into the edge are a Lancashire rose on one side, and a weaver’s shuttle on the other, linked by a rope. On the reverse is a sleeping cat, with the sculptor’s signature below. A metal plaque next to the sculpture explains the meaning of the different symbols.

Millennium Cross




Longridge stone


H (?) x W 100 x D 35 cm;
Plinth: H 22 x W 170 x D 170 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased by public subscription

Work type



Longridge Town Council


Longridge Town Council

Work status


Unveiling date

25 June 2000


at all times

Signature/marks description

Inscribed on reverse, in a square: BH

Inscription description

front, top, carved: 2000 AD; separate metal plaque to one side: Millennium Stone Cross / The Symbols represent 2000 years of Christianity / and the history of Longridge set in the ‘Sands of Time’. / Greek symbol of a fish, the earliest sign of Christianity. / Celtic Head – The earliest inhabitants of Longridge. / Sheep – early agriculture in the area. / Church – St. Lawrence’s, the first in the town. / Bull’s Head – from Longridge’s town crest, symbolises agriculture. / Horse drawn quarry wagon – the local stone industry. / Steam Train – 19th century link made possible the town’s expansion. / Church – Alston Lane R.C. Church. / Four Mills – a century of weaving. / On the edge of a rope links a Lancashire Rose on one side to weaver’s shuttle on other. /Ginger the cat curled up not far from the spot where he used to sleep. / Sculptor’s signature – Boris Howarth. / This Cross marks the start of the / LONGRIDGE / heritage trails


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Berry Lane, Longridge


In a small raised garden on the corner of Berry Lane and Calder Avenue.