Wayside cross 55m north east of Laninval House


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1006625

Date first listed: 26-Oct-1934

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Ordnance survey map of Wayside cross 55m north east of Laninval House
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Lanivet

National Grid Reference: SX 04951 65667


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Reasons for Designation

Wayside crosses are one of several types of Christian cross erected during the medieval period, mostly from the 9th to 15th centuries AD. In addition to serving the function of reiterating and reinforcing the Christian faith amongst those who passed the cross and of reassuring the traveller, wayside crosses often fulfilled a role as waymarkers, especially in difficult and otherwise unmarked terrain. The crosses might be on regularly used routes linking ordinary settlements or on routes which might have a more specifically religious function, including providing access to religious sites for parishioners and funeral processions. Wayside crosses vary considerably in form and decoration but several regional types have been identified. The Cornish wayside crosses form one such group. The commonest type includes a round, or `wheel', head on the faces of which various forms of cross were carved. The design was sometimes supplemented with a relief figure of Christ. Less common forms include the `Latin' cross, where the cross-head itself is shaped within the arms of an unenclosed cross and, much rarer, the simple slab with a low-relief cross on both faces. Over 400 crosses of all types are recorded in Cornwall. Wayside crosses contribute significantly to our understanding of medieval routeways, settlement patterns and the development of sculptural traditions and their survival is somewhat differential because of periods of religious turbulence during the Reformation when many were subject to damage or partial destruction by iconoclasts. Despite not being in its original location, the wayside cross 55m north east of Laninval House survives comparatively well and is believed to be unique in Cornwall in terms of its stylistic decoration.


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The monument includes a wayside cross situated in the garden of Laninval House. The cross survives as a wheel-head on a modern shaft and base. The cross head is decorated on both sides with four symmetrically placed circular depressions which produce the shape of the equal armed cross but do not pierce the cross head. The cross head was found in Bodmin in about 1896 and brought to its current site.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-431397


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Legacy System number: CO 237

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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