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Sutton St James councillors battle county authority over historic boundary stone




Parish councillors are battling Lincolnshire County Council so that an historic boundary cross uprooted during roadside grass cutting is properly reinstated.

The medieval stone on Old Fendike, close to a spot known locally as the Sun Crossroads, is listed for its architectural importance and is a scheduled monument.

In October, the parish council learned it had been knocked on its side.

The boundary stone on its side.
The boundary stone on its side.

Thursday's meeting heard the stone had been "stood up" but members want to see proper reinstatement.

Chairman Bill Harrison said: "We can't afford to do it properly and it wants supporting."

Clerk Lin Pilcher told the meeting: "They (the county council) said they can't repair it because they haven't got the specialist knowledge."

County councillor Peter Coupland promised to take up the issue with the county council.

He said: "Just let me have a copy of everything you have sent and I will knock on the door when I go up there."

The boundary stone at Old Fen Dike before it was damaged.
The boundary stone at Old Fen Dike before it was damaged.

In September 2017, keen historian Peter Thatcher told councillors that Sutton St James was "precious" because it has the remains of three boundary stones.

At that time he warned the Old Fendike cross was in "obvious danger" from the roadside mower.

Coun Harrison believes the grass contractor would have been insured.

He said: "They hit it at a fair old pace. If a car had hit it you would have seen bits of car all around because it's a big old lump."

* There was no one available to comment from the county council when we went to press.

Previously ...

Parish boundary crosses make Sutton St James historically “precious”

Sutton St James Parish Council believes ancient monument was knocked over during grass cutting



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