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LocationBeside the Devonport Leat, about 500 yards west of Nun’s Cross Farm.

O/S Grid Ref:  SX/59955/69913       Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-):  -3.97654/50.51221  

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Purpose:  Memorial Cross.

Size:  4 feet 7 inches (1.40 metres) tall and 2 feet (0.61 metres) across the arms. The shaft tapers from 1 foot 1 inch (0.33 metres) at the base to 10 inches (0.25 metres) below the arms.

Information:  Being modern, this cross is in very good condition and has been well fashioned from a single block of granite. The rectangular shaft tapers up towards the arms, which are also slightly tapered inwards.  The cross was set up in 1968, with the consent of the National Park Authorities, devonport_leat_dates.jpg (99044 bytes)by Lt. Commander B. Hutchinson R.N. as a memorial to his mother.  The shaft bears the inscription of her initials 'S.L.H.' on the Western face and her dates '1887–1966' on the Eastern face.

It appears as though the socket stone once held an ancient cross, one of a series that marked the way for the Monks’ Path, but there is now no trace of that earlier cross.  Other nearby crosses along this route include Horn's Cross, Newleycombe Cross, Crazywell Cross and possibly the Crazywell Farm Cross, of which only the shaft now exists.