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Rose and holly left at base of cross

A single red rose (Rosa cv.) and a twig of fruiting holly (Ilex aquifolium) placed on the base of a cross  in Battersea Park, London Borough of Wandsworth:

‘This cross was erected to the glory of God to commemorate 2000 years since the birth of Christ.¬† It is on the site if a manor given to Saint Erkenwald, bishop of London, by King Caedwalla of Wessex in the 7th century for spiritual use, probably by his sister Saint Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking’.

While the holly was probably removed from a nearby tree, the rose has obviously been brought from elsewhere to be placed here.

Photographed 11 November 2020.

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