I have not done St Helen's church or the Crosses justice. Unless you use flickr, there does not appear to be a photo of the cross. The two crosses that are mentioned in the Wikipedia Article do not refer to what seems to be a market cross or a preachers cross.
The booklet "The Ancient Crosses and Wells of Lancashire" tells me that this cross was erected by Alexander Butler of Kirkland Hall in the early part of the nineteenth century re-using the earlier base steps and square shaft. The Butlers were the predominant family in the area. Another visit is definitely required.
There seems to be no extra information about the cross either.
It seems there are actually the fragments then of at least 3 crosses in close proximity. This does not include Hagg Wood Cross either.
|Churchtown Market Cross|
|There is a clear difference between the apparent antiquity of the steps and square base |
compared to the round shaft.
|View from the cross towards St Helen's Church|
|From the cross towards the Horns pub and thence to Garstang|
|Perhaps I need to return in 200 years|
|Churchtown Churchyard Cross. This cross was restored in 1930 by the gift of Jane Moncrieff|
It used the ancient base of the cross at the south side of the church.
|View towards the Market Cross from the church entrance|