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A medieval stone cross has been stolen from a church in Lincolnshire

According to Lincolnshire Police, the relic was taken from St John The Baptist Church in Great Carlton, at some point last Saturday afternoon.

“We do not have a value for the cross, but it is priceless to the church in historical terms” a spokesperson for the force stated in an interview. The stolen artefact is a stone carving depicting a figure. Its dimensions are recorded as 35cm in height and 30cm in width.

St John the Baptist Church lies within Great Carlton village, screened behind trees with a long drive, described in “The King’s England” of 1949: “… as having an approach unsurpassed in all Lincolnshire”. Its distinctive feature is the avenue of lime trees leading to the churchyard. It serves the villages of Great and Little Carlton as a Community Church, holding two services per month, one Holy Communion and the other a locally led Morning Prayer Service. There are afternoon village services on the main festivals and special services and events throughout the year. The church is a Grade II listed building, reconstructed in 1861. The church houses date back to the Neolithic period. 



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