This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Wayside cross known as Old Ralph on Ledging Hill, Westerdale Moor

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: Wayside cross known as Old Ralph on Ledging Hill, Westerdale Moor

List entry Number: 1012894

Location

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

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Westerdale

National Park: NORTH YORK MOORS

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 02-Dec-1938

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Oct-1995

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 25660

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

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 having a more specifically religious function, including those providing access to religious sites for parishioners and funeral processions, or marking long-distance routes frequented on pilgrimages. Over 350 wayside crosses are known nationally, concentrated in south west England throughout Cornwall and on Dartmoor where they form the commonest type of stone cross. A small group also occurs on the North York Moors. Relatively few examples have been recorded elsewhere and these are generally confined to remote moorland locations. Outside Cornwall almost all wayside crosses take the form of a `Latin' cross, in which the cross-head itself is shaped within the projecting arms of an unenclosed cross. In Cornwall wayside crosses vary considerably in form and decoration. The commonest type includes a round, or `wheel', head on the faces of which various forms of cross or related designs were carved in relief or incised, the spaces between the cross arms possibly pierced. The design was sometimes supplemented with a relief figure of Christ and the shaft might bear decorative panels and motifs. Less common forms in Cornwall include the `Latin' cross and, much rarer, the simple slab with a low relief cross on both faces. Rare examples of wheel-head and slab-form crosses also occur within the North York Moors group. Most wayside crosses have either a simple socketed base or show no evidence for a separate base at all. Wayside crosses contribute significantly to our understanding of medieval religious customs and sculptural traditions and to our knowledge of medieval routeways and settlement patterns. 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.

The wayside cross known as Old Ralph survives well and is known to be of a 12th century date from the surviving documents. It is complete in all detail and provides a complete example of a local type which includes the equal-armed crosses Young Ralph, Baisdale Cross and Job Cross on Stockdale Moor.

History

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Details

The monument includes a wayside cross, Listed Grade II*, known as Old Ralph Cross on Westerdale Moor. It stands to mark a route, now disused, across the top of the scarp overlooking Eskdale.

The monument consists of a medieval cross base surmounted by a cross shaft and cross head in one single stone slab. The base is of banded gritstone and measures 0.92m across the north face and 0.85m across the east face. It stands 0.3m high. On the north face is the letter R cut in a later style and standing for the name Ralph. The shaft, also of banded gritstone, is set in a socket hole and measures 0.3m by 0.23m at the base and stands 1.41m high. The cross is an equal-armed simple cross with the arms 1.2m from the base. Each arm is 0.22m wide and projects 0.15m from the shaft. On the north face of the shaft is the date 1708 and the initials C D standing for one Charles Duncan.

The cross has been broken at a point 0.96m from the base and well repaired with pin and mortar.

The cross has been noted in a charter from Guisborough c.1200 as `crucem Radulphi'.

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

Other
North Yorks SMR,

National Grid Reference: NZ 67419 01991

Map

Map
© Crown Copyright and database right 2017. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2017. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1012894 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 16-Dec-2017 at 07:26:05.

End of official listing