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|DescriptionOfPhoto:||View of the Butter Cross looking across West Gate|
|Dimensions:||The columns are 3.2m high the base of the building is 4.7m in diameter.|
|Location:||Market Place. At the junction of two roads, Sunderland Street (A631) and North Gate / West Gate (A60).|
|ImageCopyright:||Sheffield hallam University|
|Description: Small open structure consisting of a domed roof supported by 8 tuscan columns. An ornate metal weathervane is on the apex of the roof. The whole rests on 5 circular steps.
Inscription: A plaque on the dome facing Sunderland Street records the following: THIS MARKET CROSS WAS ERECTED / BY THE REV. CHRISTOPHER ALDERSON, VICAR / OF THIS PARISH ABOUT THE YEAR 1777. / AND WAS RESTORED BY MISS ANNA MARIA ALDERSON / HIS LAST SURVIVING-GRAND DAUGHTER / IN THE YEAR 1898.
Dimensions: The columns are 3.2m high the base of the building is 4.7m in diameter.
Commission: The cross was built by the Rev. Alderson as a replacement for the original Butter Cross which is believed to have been located on this site. There are no records of the original construction of the current cross at the Town Council.
The Butter Cross was made the responsibilty of the Town Council in 1974 at the time of major local government reorganisation. The land on which it stands belongs to Doncaster MBC. It was de-scheduled by English Heritage in 1995; no traces of the original cross have been found, which would have constituted the necessary historical interest. The current Grade II Listed status is for purely architectural reasons. 
Comment: There is a popular belief that hiring fairs were held under this roof - but there is no evidence to support this. Old photographs have shown the local May Queen and attendants inside the cross, but there is no indication that this was for anything other than photographic reasons.
Sources:  Interview with the Town Clerk: Mr A. Jillot. [26/5/04]
Other Sources: Correspondence with Mark Starford [9/7/04}
Pevsner, N., Yorkshire West Riding (The Buildings of England) 2nd Edition 1967.