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Spurrell's Cross

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Spurrell's Cross

List entry Number: 1012238


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Ugborough

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 22-Oct-1991

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10551

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in Southern Britain and because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provides direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. This cross stands at the intersection of three routes and is closely associated with prominent prehistoric monuments, indicating the continuity of importance of the site through many centuries. Spurrell's Cross is the only example of a cross with spurred limbs on Dartmoor, a style dating to the 15th century AD.


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Wayside crosses mark significant points or intersections along the routes which cross Dartmoor, though the crosses are of medieval or later date it is likely that some mark the sites of standing stones or markers associated with much earlier use of the trackways. Spurrell's Cross stands on the Blackwood Path close to the intersection of the Owley-Harford track and the Wrangaton-Erme Plains track. It is a granite cross 1.37m high, with a restored shaft and head of a different granite with spurred limbs. The head is set north/south and the northern arm is missing.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Masson-Phillips, E, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon (Part 1), (1937)
Devon County SMR (SX 65 NE 004),

National Grid Reference: SX 65911 59961


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