18 September - Archaeology - Inscribed Limestone

A beautiful day up at Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton. Inside, the contractors are clearing the last of the timber so the paving slabs can be lifted.
In the rubble and dust under the pews we've found two more pieces of inscribed limestone: a possible consecration cross and another fragment of masons' setting out.
When a church is built or substantially rebuilt it is blessed and consecrated by the Bishop in twelve places around the church. These locations are marked with carved and/or painted consecration crosses. Altar slabs (mensa) also have consecration crosses.

Chiz Harward BA MCIfA   Urban Archaeology

ConsecrationCross MasonsSettingOut