Clergyman told to move cross
From the Oxford Times, 12 May 2006
A clergyman has been told to move his cross or the council will move it for him.
Rev Edwin Clements, the parish priest for Hagbourne, Upton and Blewbury, erected the wooden cross at Churn Knob, an Iron Age burial mound, six years ago.
The 16ft cross marks the spot, high above Blewbury, where St Birinus gave his first sermon in 634AD, converting pagans to Christianity.
But the Vale of White Horse District Council has told Rev Clements to move it or face enforcement action despite the fact that he has planning permission for the structure.
The row surrounding the cross started in 2003 when English Heritage objected to it being placed on a scheduled ancient monument.
Mr Clements maintained it was not on the mound but had been erected next to it.
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Posted by Jane
12th May 2006ce
Edited 12th May 2006ce