Wayside cross 40m west of St Uny's Church, Lelant


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018157

Date first listed: 01-Dec-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Mar-1998


Ordnance survey map of Wayside cross 40m west of St Uny's Church, Lelant
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District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: St. Ives

National Grid Reference: SW 54785 37721


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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 wayside cross 40m west of St Uny's Church has survived well, and is a good example of a `wheel' headed cross. Its decoration with a figure of Christ on one face and a cross on the other, is rare. The removal of the cross from its position outside the churchyard wall and into the western cemetery in the later 19th century illustrates well the changing attitudes to religion and the impact of crosses on the local landscape since the medieval period.


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The monument includes a medieval wayside cross situated in the cemetery to the west of St Uny's Church. The cross survives as an upright granite shaft with a round, `wheel' head; the overall height of the monument is 1.08m. The principal faces are orientated north west-south east. Both principal faces are decorated, and have a narrow bead around their outer edges. The north west face bears a relief figure of Christ, with outstretched arms; the feet and lower legs are missing. The south east face bears a relief equal limbed cross with expanded ends to the limbs; the lower limb has a narrow extenion or shaft extending onto the top of the cross shaft. The shaft measures 0.68m high by 0.26m wide and is 0.22m thick. This wayside cross was formerly located in a base stone by the western wall of the churchyard, but was moved into the western cemetery at Lelant prior to 1896 when the historian Langdon recorded it there. The cross is Listed Grade II.

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Books and journals
Langdon, A G, Old Cornish Crosses, (1896)
Title: 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Map; SW 33/43/part 53; Pathfinder 1364 Source Date: 1989 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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