Mystery of the hidden cross

Odd cross found at the home of Mary Cleghorn in Alnmouth, lodged in an old fireplace
Odd cross found at the home of Mary Cleghorn in Alnmouth, lodged in an old fireplace
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A MYSTERY object has been unearthed at a house in Alnmouth, which has baffled villagers over where it came from and what its purpose was.

Builders converting Mary Cleghorn’s house at Argyll Street found what appears to be an iron cross lodged behind a fireplace in a top-floor bedroom.

The fitting, which is around 21 inches long, has a piece missing at one end, while the top is believed to have originally been encircled by a matching semi-circle.

Villager Terry Collinson, who edits the local newsletter, took a picture of the object. He said: “It is unclear what it is, or why it was placed there.

“Did it have religious origins or was it merely a decorative item?”

If anyone can shed any light on the discovery, they can contact Terry on 01665 830228.