cross is sited on the splay of the vehicular entrance to the Chagford
Church of England Primary School, opposite the entrance to the Fire
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cross serves to mark the building of the new Church of England Primary
School, at Chagford.
Size: The cross is 4 feet 10 inches
(1.47 metres) tall and measures 17 inches (0.43 metres) across the
arms. The shaft is 10 inches (0.25 metres) wide, as measured
beneath the arms, and an average of 12 inches (0.31 metres)
deep. The St John's cross inscribed into the head is 12 inches
(0.31 metres) tall by 11 inches (0.28 metres) wide.
Two of the Foundation
of the new school,
the Reverend Paul Seaton-Burn and Jon Bint came up with idea that the
erection of a cross on the school premises would be an ideal way to
mark the construction of the new school and would also serve to
strengthen the identity of the school within the town.
The stone was donated by Jon Bint's former boss, Matt Bonfield,
ex-Hilton Supplies, which subsequently became a branch of Bradford's
Building Supplies. It lay in their yard at Moretonhampstead and
was originally an old gatepost at Matt Bonfield's home, out the back
of Chagford. Bradford's Tool Hire donated the use of a large disc cutter to
help undertake the initial rough cut of the cross, which took place
over two days during the Christmas holidays in 2017. Jon then
used his medium and small cutters to finish it off over two baking hot
days in June 2018. Bradford's Building Supplies donated the use
of a crane lorry to transport the stone to and from Jon's home, with the
finished cross being delivered to the school site on Saturday 14th
July 2018. The Kier Group, who were building the new school,
arranged to install the cross the same day, taking great care to align
it specifically as requested. Jon Bint has now cleaned up the area
around the cross, which will be properly landscaped in the near future, perhaps with
some heather around the cross to give it a true moorland look.
cross is a modern take on the traditional local stone crosses,
especially those of Chagford's old Market and
War Memorial, Week Down and Bennet's
Crosses. The front of the head has a St John's cross, while the
rear has 'MMXVIII' (2018) inscribed across the arms, with a small rather
runic-looking 'JB' (Jon Bint) monograph above. On the four faces
to the lower end of the shaft are the initial letters of the four
parishes that comprise the School catchment area: 'C' (Chagford -
Front), 'G' (Gidleigh - Left side), 'T' (Throwleigh - Rear) and 'D' (Drewsteignton - Right side).
supply and erection of this cross has been a real team effort, led by
Jon Bint (seen in the photo on the left with the Bishop of Exeter), with help and support from: Patrick Clifford, Alan
Cockwill, Terry Wilson & Vicky Wilkinson (all Bradford's Building
Supplies, Moretonhampstead), Sam Foy (Bradford's Tool Hire, Newton
Abbot), Chris Jewell & John (Kier Group - the School's