Churchyard cross 25m south of St Uny's Church, Lelant


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017628

Date first listed: 01-Nov-1950

Date of most recent amendment: 08-Dec-1997


Ordnance survey map of Churchyard cross 25m south of St Uny's Church, Lelant
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: St. Ives

National Grid Reference: SW 54825 37695


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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 churchyard cross, 25m south of St Uny's Church, has survived well as a good example of a `wheel' headed cross with a rare form of decoration. As there is no record of the cross having been moved, it is considered to be in its original location, and still maintains its original function as a churchyard cross.


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The monument includes a medieval churchyard cross in St Uny's churchyard, situated to the south of the church. The churchyard cross, which is 2m high, survives as an upright granite shaft with a round, `wheel' head which measures 0.4m high by 0.43m wide and is 0.14m thick. The principal faces are orientated east-west. The west principal face bears a central round raised boss and four triangular sinkings forming the spaces between a St Andrew's cross. The east principal face also bears four triangular sinkings arranged to form a St Andrew's cross, and a slightly raised central round boss. The shaft measures 1.6m high by 0.41m wide at the base tapering to 0.29m at the top and is 0.32m thick at the base tapering to 0.26m at the neck. All four corners of the shaft are chamfered. The cross, which is Listed Grade II*, is considered to be in its original position,and is believed to be the original churchyard cross. The gravestone to the south east of the cross, where it falls within its protective margin, is excluded from the scheduling, although 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.


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

Legacy System number: 30426

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Langdon, A G, Old Cornish Crosses, (1896)
Consulted July 1996, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN No.31063,
Title: 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Map; SW 33/43/part 53; Pathfinder 1364 Source Date: 1989 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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