Appeal to find owner of memorial cross

The wooden cross, in memory of Paul James Arthur Robson.
The wooden cross, in memory of Paul James Arthur Robson.

A memorial cross which was placed at a Northumberland beauty spot has been removed – but an appeal has begun to find out who put it there, with the aim of moving it to a ‘less sensitive location’.

Rothbury councillor Steven Bridgett said: “A memorial was placed within the outer bank of the hill fort at Lordenshaws, without the permission of the county council, Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland Estates and Historic England. Without obtaining Scheduled Ancient Monument Consent (SAMC), it is an unauthorised structure and requires removal.

“These kinds of permanent memorials are unlikely to obtain SAMC owing to the setting of a precedent for others of this type. It is a sensitive matter, but a decision was taken to remove it.

“The wooden cross will be safely stored and should anyone know the family of the person named on the cross, we would be happy to return it and suggest a less sensitive location, in the nearby vicinity, where it could perhaps be placed.”