Preston Market Cross

East Lothian | Prestonpans | Market cross |

[The unicorn at the top of Preston Market Cross]

Modern-day Prestonpans has swallowed up a series of smaller settlements here on the East Lothian coast. Apart from the outlook over the Firth of Forth the modern centre aint that exciting, but one of the original settlements (Preston - Priest Town) has left behind a beautiful marcat (or market) cross as a reminder of its ancient roots, half a mile or so back from the sea front. The 17th century monument has a shaft topped by a beautiful unicorn: historically a symbol of Scottish monarchy, and today the national animal. According to custodians Historic Environment Scotland, this is the only surviving monument of its type still in situ anywhere in the country.

[Preston Market Cross]

Location & info

📌 Preston Market Cross
Preston Road, 0.5 mi southeast of Prestonpans town centre, G.R.: NT 392740 ///scam.tidal.shops
🚆🚌 Train / bus to Prestonpans | 🚗 Street parking
Always viewable | Free

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