Gorleston On Sea

The Ancient St Clement’s Cross of bloomin’ Old Gorleston

St Clements Cross

Gorleston is an ancient village. Parts of Gorleston-On-Sea are so antiquated they even had an impressively large Augustinian priory but now there is virtually no physical evidence of its existence left above the surface.

Another missing Medieval antiquity was the centuries old St Clement’s stone Cross, appropriately the tanner’s and fisherman’s Patron Saint. The Crucem Clementij monument was mentioned in a 1597 Latin manuscript, when Elizabeth I was Queen of England and the House of Tudor’s rule would soon be coming to an end.

St. Bennett’s Stone Cross, Gorleston-On-Sea

St Bennetts stone Cross Gorleston

There was a significant religious St Bennett’s Cross situated in old Gorleston. Its location or at least the remains of this antiquity, marked on older Ordnance Survey Maps beside St Andrew’s Church roundabout on the Church Lane and Church Road corner.

St Bennett’s stone Cross, also spelt St Benett’s, was drawn on OS maps into at least the 1950’s. There were other very old and large stone Crosses in Gorleston Parish.

Gorleston’s Augustinian Priory’s Stone Cross roundabout?

Gorleston-On-Sea Stone Cross roundabout history

Modern maps show Gorleston-On-Sea’s old White Horse roundabout as Stone Cross roundabout. There was an English Augustinian Order Priory beside this meeting junction of local roads from Great Yarmouth, Beccles, Lowestoft and Burgh (Burgh Castle).

Gorleston-On-Stone Crosses?

Gorleston cross

Maps show St Bennett’s Cross and Stone Cross roundabout (old White Horse roundabout). But where was St Clement’s Cross, the appropriate Mariner’s Cross?

The presence of other stone crosses, maybe even 2 or 3 more, perhaps have existed. Or might just be local folklore getting a bit mixed up and creating that strange phenomena of doubling up events or doppelgänger tales we puzzlingly find so often in ancient accounts of historical episodes. Yet Gorleston’s repeated myths are only a few centuries old.

The Giants of Gorleston

giants Gorleston Norfolk Suffolk

Did you Gorleston-On-Sea the size of those East Anglian giants? Giant skeletons of people and monumental coffins buried in St Andrews the local Parish Church and old Priory, or, as the locals would say, thats ‘oooge! (huge). *W. E. Randall caveat.