Pooley Bridge Market Cross

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Pooley Bridge Market Cross

About a thousand years ago, before the village of Pooley Bridge existed, several farms were strung out along the fell sides on either side of Ullswater and the River Eamont. As the need arose for a river crossing a weir was erected between the lake and the present bridge. This, in turn, gave rise to fishing activities and the beginnings of the village.

In the 12th century a charter was granted by King John to hold a fish market in Pooley Village square in front of what is now the Crown Hotel. A market cross with a fish and weather vane, similar to the one you see today, was erected. It stood near its current site, was repaired by Lord Dacre in the 1680s but was removed in 1890s to allow a turning space for the omnibuses bringing visitors to Ullswater.

The current Market Cross was erected by Barton Parish Council in the Millennium Year 2000 to commemorate the granting of the charter by King John and as a reminder of the village’s fishing origins.

The Coats of Arms of the Dacre family and the Hasells of Dalemain are inscribed on the north and south faces of the Cross to acknowledge their historical attachment to the ancient Parish of Barton.

By Cyril Wilson, resident of Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge Village and Ullswater circa 1934
The  Square & Crown Hotel, Pooley Bridge mid 20th century

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