Whilst wayside crosses are now rather thin on the ground (and considerably more modern), in medieval times, there must have been dozens in Jersey based on the one hundred or so place or road names referring to a cross, and this would certainly have been comparable to modern day Brittany where most have survived. In Jersey, however, the crosses would most likely to have been simple octagonal crosses made of granite, rather than the more elaborate Brittany crosses. As you travel around Jersey, at each of these former cross locations, our medieval ancestors would not only have acknowledged them, but also shown respect by some action whenever they passed.

In 1548, Royal Injunctions ordered the destruction of every object of superstition and so the Jersey crosses disappeared. There are remains of some cross bases and a few cross fragments themselves. The lack of remains may also be explained by the probability that some crosses where made of wood like the one at Croix de Bois (now named Five Oaks as a result of oaks being subsequently planted there) and they were burnt or rotted away naturally after the destruction order.

Other than places which still carry “Croix” in its name usually signifying where an ancient cross existed, the crosses that you are most likely to see now are the Millennium crosses erected in the year 2000 – one in each parish.