Springhill Landmarks

The Society of One-Place Studies, with which this website is registered, is hosting a series of blogging prompts in 2021. Thankfully this is one prompt per month, not per week like the '52 residents' from last year. The January prompt is 'Landmarks'. Springhill isn't over-endowed with landmarks, being a cluster of about a dozen houses.

On the tops behind Springhill lies Windy Willows (formerly Physic Hall Farm), on Saunder Height Lane. The owners are committed Christians and about 10 years ago erected a cross on the edge of the field overlooking the valley. It is clearly visible for about two miles in good weather.

cross autumn

(Picture courtesy of Suzie Elkington)

Each Good Friday the parishioners of St Nicholas, Newchurch (the parish in which Springhill is located) erect a cross in Newchurch village on Good Friday which stays there until Ascension Day. Originally this was carried up Seat Naze, the hill outside Newchurch. However there isn't a right of way up Seat Naze and the landowner withdrew permission about 20 years ago. It was alleged that this was when the new vicar arrived in St Nicks and cancelled the previous incumbent's milk order. However the farmer is a tenant farmer so this may be hearsay.

cross Newchurch

Both crosses are well respected and have not been vandalised. Long may it continue.

Other local crosses are the pilgrim cross on Scout Moor about 5 miles south,


pilgrim cross 600

and Compston's cross about 4 miles north.


Compstons cross