Crylla Cross, 180m south-west of Crylla Farm


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Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
St. Cleer
National Grid Reference:
SX 23731 70420

Reasons for Designation

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. 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 as 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. Of the 35 surviving on Bodmin Moor, 21 are recorded as wayside crosses. Wayside crosses contribute significantly to our understanding of medieval routeways, settlement patterns and the development of sculptural traditions. All wayside crosses which survive as earth-fast monuments, except those which are extremely damaged and removed from their original locations, are considered worthy of protection.

Despite the loss of its head, the survival of the substantially intact shaft of the Crylla Cross in its original location on a medieval route over the Moor provides a good example of the relationship between such crosses and early thoroughfares and shows how wayside crosses provide evidence for former thoroughfares which have since lapsed into disuse. The longevity both of certain routeways and of upright route-markers is demonstrated well by the presence of a prehistoric standing stone on this route. The proximity of the cross's original location to the medieval settlements and field systems along those routes provides the broader medieval context within which this wayside cross functioned.


The monument includes a medieval wayside cross, the Crylla Cross, situated on a verge at the eastern side of a road on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. It is located in its original position on an ancient route across the Moor. The Crylla cross survives as a granite cross-shaft, its head fractured off and missing. The shaft is 1.14m high, leaning away from the road, and is of sub-rectangular section, 0.33m wide and tapering from 0.25m thick at the base to 0.15m thick at the fractured upper end. An incised groove runs up the midline of each of the two principal faces of the shaft. The cross is situated on an ancient route across Bodmin Moor linking the River Fowey valley with the Withey Brook via the Siblyback valley. Most of this route is now disused and blocked by later enclosure, but its course was also marked by another medieval wayside cross, now relocated, and a prehistoric standing stone is located near its northern end. The northern sector of this route passes by extensive deserted medieval settlements and their field systems. An area 2m wide beyond the base of the cross is included in the scheduling to ensure its protection. Within this area the surface of the metalled road passing west of the cross is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Books and journals
Langdon, A G, Old Cornish Crosses, (1896)
consulted 1993, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1297,
Title: 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Map; SX 27/37; Pathfinder 1339; Bodmin Moor (East) Source Date: 1988 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:


This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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