Gorleston-On-Sea Stone Cross roundabout history

Gorleston’s Augustinian Priory’s Stone Cross roundabout?

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). There were more stone Crosses in the Parish.

A Cross formerly stood near the White Horse Inn, Fenn Street, and another near the Feathers’ Inn, High Street.

The mutilated remains of others were visible a few years since; that at the south end of the town, removed in 1798, latterly bore the appellation of the Devil’s Tomb-stone.*
The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: Volume 1 | Rev Alfred Suckling (1846)

* Ex inform. Mr. W. E. Randall [but beware The Randall Caveat]

Gorleston-On-Sea Stone Cross roundabout history

Fenn Street is now part of and called Beccles Road, the start or end section before Southtown Road, it runs past the Wheelwrights Arms.

Saint Augustine’s stone Cross?

Was it the stone Cross of the Augustinian Friary and their patron Saint, St Augustine of Hippo?

Gorleston history Austin Friars Priory stone crosses

There were five religious houses in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston: Three friaries and a priory were founded inside the Town Walls in Great Yarmouth, while one priory was founded at Gorleston.

A major Augustinian Friary was founded in Gorleston in the 1250s, at the junction of Burnt Lane and Beccles Road. The friary was famous for its library, and some scholars link Gorleston Priory to the East Anglian school of illuminated manuscripts (including the Gorleston, Macclesfield and Douai psalters).
Great Yarmouth: Priories and Friaries | Norfolk Heritage

There is always the very slim chance that some of these stone crosses may have been a more pagan inspired megalithic standing stone. But even though I totally doubt our accepted chronology and associated periods of history, it seems likely that Gorleston’s Stone Cross roundabout was built by and for the Austin Friars Priory.

The White Horse Inn roundabout and Burnt Lane

Apart from the name of the roundabout there is virtually no physical evidence that the Friars Eremites ever had a large priory on the parish boundary of Southtown (Little Yarmouth) and Gorleston. The delightful Priory Gardens Public park seems to be the only remains of the Order of Saint Augustine.

While the Augustinian Hermits, who lived to the Rule of Saint Augustine, are in the mythology of Gorleston (Suffolk/Norfolk) the culprits and reason behind the wonderfully named Burnt Lane.

It is said that two or three streets were burnt down in Gorleston by an accidental fire, in that part of the town called Burnt Lane, and that a rope-manufactory was also destroyed by the same calamity in the vicinity of Roper’s Lane. The fire is stated to have broken out in the kitchen of the priory, and to have devoured all the houses which surrounded that edifice.

The houses thus consumed are said to have been large and good structures, and were the property of the prior and monks. But as Leiston Abbey held houses in Little Yarmouth as early as the thirty-fifth of Henry III., might not the dwellings which were thus destroyed have belonged to that abbey, rather than to the mendicant friars of Gorleston, who by their vows were to remain destitute of all fixed revenues and possessions? Butley Priory had rents in Gorleston, as appears by the court-rolls of the manor for the fourteenth of Edward I.
The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk: Volume 1 | Rev Alfred Suckling (1846)

North of the White Horse Inn, a narrow lane, enclosed on one side by the mouldering and ivy-covered wall of the precinct, enables us to regain the Lowestoft high road …
Historical And Topographical Notices of Great Yarmouth | John Henry Druery (1826)

Gorleston-On-Sea Stone Cross roundabout history

I guess the full title of Druery’s book quoted above was the only way to advertise your research as it is called Historical And Topographical Notices of Great Yarmouth, In Norfolk, And Its Environs, Including The Parishes And Hamlets Of The Half Hundred Of Lothingland, In Suffolk; By John Henry Druery.