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"The High Cross stood for three centuries at the very centre of mediaeval Bristol on the crossroads formed by Corn Street, Wine Street, Broad Street and High Street. Commemorating Edward III's charter of 1373 granting county status to the town, it was brightly painted and decorated with four statues of mediaeval kings.
"In 1733 it was removed at the request of local residents, who found it a 'ruinous and superstitious relick' and public obstruction. For a few years it stood on College Green, but was once more removed when it was found to obstruct ladies and gentlemen walking on the green. It was then taken to the gardens at Stourhead in Wiltshire, where it had remained in safety and splendour without obstructing anyone ever since. A replica of the upper section of the Cross stands in the gardens of Berkeley Square, off Park Street."