Why Saxon Heath?

Home » Newsroom » Taylor Wimpey Development

You may have wondered why the developers of the new development at Tarporley Road have proposed "Saxon Heath" as its name.

This is, I suggest, is because the remains of a Saxon Cross were found during the exploratory dig by Chester Archaeological Department prior to the housing development on the adjacent site at the corner of Tarporley Road and Broomheath Lane

Saxon Cross in St Andrew's display

The Anglo-Saxon Cross head, which dates from 10th to the early 11th century AD, was discovered in a 17th century ditch during excavations in 2006.
It is believed that the cross was a wayside cross and boundary marker used not far from where it was found, and it is recorded as being destroyed in 1613 by John Bruen of Stapleford and his servants, Hugh Jones and John Eaton.
Similar acts of destruction were carried out on other crosses at Barrow, Vicars Cross, Christleton, and Eccleston, and the perpetrators were arraigned before the Star Chamber at Chester in 1614.

John Bruen was a Puritan, and together with other gentlemen of similar persuasion, believed that destroying these crosses would cause a "reformation of abuses and superstitions". They maintained that the crosses were used by local Catholics for superstitious and idolatrous worship.

The remains of the Tarvin Saxon Cross can be seen in the History Exhibition in St Andrew's Church

Tarvin Saxon Cross

The final decision on a name for the completed development (if any), and the roads thereon, is the prerogative of Tarvin Parish Council.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Forge Way 20190703_174445_resized[34872]
Wed 17 Jul 6:00am  |  hits: 514

Twenty-six residents attended the June Parish Council meeting and almost all were there to speak during the Open Forum and to complain about the locked gate between the properties in what was Top Farm and Forge Way.After listening to the different concerns raised the following statement was agreed by the Parish Council:1. The Parish Council have always supported full public access to and from...

Teachers 4
Thu 18 Jul 6:00am  |  hits: 384

Many of you will know that our amazing Vicar, Reverend Adam Friend has recently been on sabbatical and completing some very serious challenges in order to raise money for a variety of causes.First of all Adam, son Henry and friends Ian and Tod Tordoff cycled coast to coast to raise in excess of £1000 for WaterAid whose mission is to change normal for millions of people within a generation...

Road Works Duddon July 2019 PhotoScan
Sun 14 Jul 6:00am  |  hits: 258

Notice has been given which will on occasions at night prohibit through traffic on the A51 Duddon Road/Tarporley Road — from Willington Road to Burton Lane in Clotton to enable carriageway resurfacing works to be carried out by Cheshire West and Chester Council.The closure will come into force on 17th July 2019 and will be in force for a maximum of five days. It is anticipated that the work...