Preston Mercat Cross
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Unusually, the cross still stands in its original location, something of a rarity among similar crosses.
To call it a cross may be slightly misleading; Preston Cross is more of a monument with a cross as its centre point. The base is an odd circular structure, 14 feet in diameter, looking a bit like a fanciful urn.
This outer container bounds a tall, slender shaft of oval section. On top of the shaft is the figure of a unicorn holding a heraldic cartouche with a lion design.
The cross was probably put up by the Hamilton family of Preston, who were granted the right to hold a fair here in 1617. Such a fair could be a real money-spinner for a town or village, and the right to hold a fair was highly prized.
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About Preston Mercat Cross
Address: East Loans/Preston Road, Prestonpans, Lothian, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building - Early Christian Cross
Location: On the south of Prestonpans off the Coast Road, near the railway station.
Website: Preston Mercat Cross
Photo Credit: M J Richardson, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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