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Along the Moors - Rodway

The Cross

The Rodway
The Rodway

Thankfully, Rodway has far loftier connections than its associations with local criminals. An early 17th Century estate map of the area (dating from around 1608) records a large, wayside cross supported by an elaborate foot to the west of Rodway Bridge on the north bank of the River Strine. It has been suggested the cross (through its ecclesiastical connotation) may have lent the settlement the name ‘Rood Way’, of which Rodway may be a simple derivation; although no trace of the structure has ever been found.

It seems probable the cross was more likely to have been a simple earthen boundary marker between Cherrington and Meeson moors and it was mentioned as such in a legal dispute of the 1630s — between Sir Henry Wallop, Lord of Waters Upton, and Sir Richard Leveson, the lord of Cherrington Manor. The ‘Cherrington Cross’, as it was also referred to, marked the eastern boundary of the said manor and was described under deposition by Phillip Gravenor of Stirchley as ‘a cross dug in the earth’ and made solely for the purpose of delineation between the two estates.