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Churchyard cross in Holy Trinity churchyard

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: Churchyard cross in Holy Trinity churchyard

List entry Number: 1015111


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

County: Gloucestershire

District: Tewkesbury

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Badgeworth

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 18-Nov-1996

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28525

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

A standing cross is a free standing upright structure, usually of stone, mostly erected during the medieval period (mid 10th to mid 16th centuries AD). Standing crosses served a variety of functions. In churchyards they served as stations for outdoor processions, particularly in the observance of Palm Sunday. Elsewhere, standing crosses were used within settlements as places for preaching, public proclamation and penance, as well as defining rights of sanctuary. Standing crosses were also employed to mark boundaries between parishes, property, or settlements. A few crosses were erected to commemorate battles. Some crosses were linked to particular saints, whose support and protection their presence would have helped to invoke. Crosses in market places may have helped to validate transactions. After the Reformation, some crosses continued in use as foci for municipal or borough ceremonies, for example as places for official proclamations and announcements; some were the scenes of games or recreational activity. Standing crosses were distributed throughout England and are thought to have numbered in excess of 12,000. However, their survival since the Reformation has been variable, being much affected by local conditions, attitudes and religious sentiment. In particular, many cross-heads were destroyed by iconoclasts during the 16th and 17th centuries. Less than 2,000 medieval standing crosses, with or without cross-heads, are now thought to exist. The oldest and most basic form of standing cross is the monolith, a stone shaft often set directly in the ground without a base. The most common form is the stepped cross, in which the shaft is set in a socket stone and raised upon a flight of steps; this type of cross remained current from the 11th to 12th centuries until after the Reformation. Where the cross-head survives it may take a variety of forms, from a lantern-like structure to a crucifix; the more elaborate examples date from the 15th century. Much less common than stepped crosses are spire-shaped crosses, often composed of three or four receding stages with elaborate architectural decoration and/or sculptured figures; the most famous of these include the Eleanor crosses, erected by Edward I at the stopping places of the funeral cortege of his wife, who died in 1290. Also uncommon are the preaching crosses which were built in public places from the 13th century, typically in the cemeteries of religious communities and cathedrals, market places and wide thoroughfares; they include a stepped base, buttresses supporting a vaulted canopy, in turn carrying either a shaft and head or a pinnacled spire. Standing crosses contribute significantly to our understanding of medieval customs, both secular and religious, and to our knowledge of medieval parishes and settlement patterns. All crosses which survive as standing monuments, especially those which stand in or near their original location, are considered worthy of protection.

Despite the shaft and head having been restored, the standing cross in the churchyard at Badgeworth survives well with many of its original elements intact in what is likely to be its original location. The medieval cross relates to the church which itself is 14th century with some 13th century features.


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The monument includes a restored cross situated in the churchyard at Badgeworth c.25m south east of the church.

The cross, which is Listed Grade II, has a square two step calvary, a socket stone, a restored shaft with decorated terminal, and a cross head in the shape of a lantern. The first step of the calvary is 2m wide and 0.65m high; the second step is 1.35m wide and 0.25m high. Above this is the square socket stone which has broaches (chamfers of angles to bring stone on a square plan to octagonal) at its angles, forming an octagonal top. It is 0.8m wide and 0.57m high. The c.2m high shaft, square at the bottom, tapers to the restored lantern head and becomes octagonal in section.

The calvary is constructed from stone blocks; the socket stone is hewn from one piece of stone. These have the appearance of great age, but the shaft and head are more recent. Set into the shaft on its east side is a plaque marking the restoration of the cross by the vicar of the parish in 1897 to the memory of his parents. The figures on the north and south sides of the lantern head appear to be old, but those on the west and east are restored and depict the Holy Trinity and the Crucifixion respectively. The oldest parts of the cross are considered to be 15th century.

There is a socket stone lying in the churchyard c.20m to the north west of the cross. This socket stone is 0.7m square and 0.25m deep with a square socket in the centre c.0.35m wide. There is no record of two crosses originally standing in this churchyard, and rather the stone is thought to be have been part of a village cross, brought into the churchyard at some later date. It is not in its original location and is not included in the scheduling.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Pooley, C, Notes on the Old Crosses of Gloucestershire, (1868), 13

National Grid Reference: SO 90185 19201


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