Poison Cross


Poison Cross is a fairly uninspiring place to be honest. This puddle is about the most interesting thing I could find to photograph. It is a shame because there is a plethora of reasons why it has such an unusual name.

The first theory is the murder of two princes who where the cousins of the Saxon King Ecgberht of Kent by an over zealous palace aide called Thunor. The king was allegedly so saddened by the passing of  Prince Aethelred and his brother Prince Aethelberht that he built Abbeys in Atonement. One of which was in Eastry (where Poison Cross is located) and its abbess was the murdered princes’ niece Saint Mildrith.

The second theory is a legend of monks falling out and murdering each other with poison where a road crosses the ancient Roman road, giving rise to the name ‘Poison Cross’.

The third is the less dramatic explanation is that the name ‘Eastry’, with its Christian Easter association, may have prompted a monastic theme around Christ’s Passion on the cross. The term Passion Cross could well have evolved into ‘Poison Cross’.

The fourth theory is about the fish ponds, which traditionally were dug near monasteries to provide food. Kent, being on the French doorstep, has many French influences. The French for ‘fish’ being poisson.

Finally the fish is also an ancient Christian symbol perhaps a fish and a cross were erected at the site.

The real origins of the name are unknown but that`s alot of theories for somewhere quite so dull to look at!