Wayside cross 120m south west of All Saints' Church


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013729

Date first listed: 20-Dec-1995


Ordnance survey map of Wayside cross 120m south west of All Saints' Church
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

Parish: Bradford

National Grid Reference: SS 42004 07159


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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 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 shaft of the wayside cross at Bradford is of ancient date and, although not in its original position, it is unlikely to have been moved far. The restoration of the head and arms is in keeping with the expected original type, preserving the overall octagonal cross section. Although the shape of the pedestal is likely to have originally been octagonal or square, its present circular form does not detract from the monument and continues to symbolise the original imposing stature of the cross, whilst also serving as a protection from damage by passing traffic.


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This monument includes a medieval wayside cross shaft with a restored head and arms, embedded in a 20th century pedestal, situated at the roadside beside a junction leading to the church in the village of Bradford. Although the cross is not precisely in its original position, it is likely to be close to it. The stone pedestal of the cross is circular with an overall diameter of 2m and height of 0.8m. This pedestal is partly built into the garden wall of a neighbouring cottage. Above the pedestal are two circular steps. Within the upper step an ancient cross shaft is embedded. The shaft measures 1.04m high and has a basal width of 0.3m which tapers upwards to a width of 0.23m. It is of octagonal section in common with many of Devon's wayside crosses, with a likely date of 14th to 15th century. Above is a restored head and arms with a height of 0.94m and a thickness of 0.23m. This is also of octagonal section. Excluded from the scheduling are the garden wall of Stone Cross Cottage, and the metalled road surface where this falls within the cross's protective margin, although the ground beneath the metalled road surface is included. The cross is Listed Grade II.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 1 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 27301

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Masson Phillips, E, 'Devonshire Association Transactions' in The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon : Part 1, , Vol. 69, (1936-37), 318
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX40NW-004,
MPP fieldwork by H. Gerrard, (1994)

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