Volume IV: South-East England

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National Grid Reference of Place of Discovery
Present Location
Built into outer wall of former yard of A. Booker and Sons Ltd., builders, Walberton, Sussex (SU 969059)
Evidence for Discovery
Removed from base of wall of Arundel castle during repairs by Messrs. Booker's, probably in late nineteenth century
Church Dedication
No Dedication
Present Condition
Bruised and very heavily weathered

It is rectangular. The upper right-hand corner is broken away, and the lower part is lost. The break is dressed roughly horizontally.

A (top): Along each of the surviving edges is a plain relief border with a median-incised line. This encloses a splayed-armed Latin cross, type A1/B6, outlined by plain raised mouldings of indeterminate section and portrayed as if pendant from a suspension loop in the form of an inverted isosceles triangle. The ends of the upper and horizontal limbs of the cross are square, but the foot is either rounded or slightly pointed. One of a pair of diverging mouldings touches each side of the lower end of the cross and runs off the broken edge of the stone.

Johnston has suggested that the stone is from a pre-Conquest predecessor to the chapel of St Martin in the keep of Arundel castle. There is no evidence for the existence of such a building, however, and the carving could equally have come to the site as building material at almost any time in the history of the structure. There is no record of the date of the wall from which the piece came. The lost foot was probably originally squared. There is no close parallel in stone sculpture for the form of the cross used to decorate it.
Tenth to eleventh century
Johnston 1904, 148 - 50, pl. on 49; Page 1907, 362; Jessep 1914, 61; Tweddle 1986b, i, 90, 223 - 4, ii, 347 - 8, iii, fig. 34, pl. 17a

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