Browse crosses

LocationAmongst the gravestones, about 10 yards to the east of the path leading up to the south door to the church.

O/S Grid Ref:  SX/54288/63104       Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-):  -4.05376/50.44963

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Purpose:  Socket stone for a churchyard cross.

Size:  The socket stone measures 3 feet 1 inch (0.94 metres) in diameter and at least 7 inches (0.19 metres) deep. The socket is 13 inches (0.34 metres) long, by 12 inches (0.31 metres) wide and 5 inches (0.14 metres) deep.

Information:  This socket stone is set into the ground and is laying flat between two gravestones. It has been well-worked into an octagonal shape and is in very good condition all round. As the socket does not go all the way through the stone, it is prone to filling up with rainwater.

At the steps leading up to the east gate of the church, there is a long shaped stone lying on top of the roadside wall, acting as a coping stone. It is quite possible that this is the shaft of the cross that once stood in the above socket stone as the Churchyard Cross. The stone measures 4 feet 5 inches (1.35 metres) long by 9 inches (0.23 metres) wide and 8 inches (0.20 metres) deep. The top end of the stone is square and would have been the base of the cross. The main length of the stone is chamfered on all four edges and it has been broken off at the point that would have been immediately under the arms of the  cross. There is no sign of the whereabouts of the head and arms of this cross. There is a hole in the top face of the stone, near the upper end, which is irregular in shape and is now filled with cement. There is also a shallow slot on the inside edge towards the bottom of the stone.

shaugh_prior.jpg (99473 bytes)The village is lucky enough to be blessed with another cross, which is situated in the wall at the road junction, about 150 yards to the east of the church. This is the Shaugh Prior Village Cross,  which may also have been a preaching cross prior to the church being built.

shaugh_prior_roadside.jpg (150571 bytes)At the roadside, about 150 yards west of the church, there is a further cross (Grid Ref: SX/54129/63134) sited on the grass verge.  However, this cross is not of ancient origin but has been made and sited here in recent years.  The cross is made of a synthetic material, probably fibreglass, and has been rendered on the outside so, at first glance, it looks like a genuine granite cross.  The cross measures 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 metres) tall, 25 inches (0.64 metres) across the arms and the depth of the shaft is 10 inches (0.25 metres). The socket, which does appear to be made of granite, measures 32 inches (0.81 metres) by 24 inches (0.61 metres) and 8 inches (0.20 metres) high.  The name of 'Shaugh Prior' has been inscribed into the rendering across the arms and painted white.  I have been unable to determine the reason for someone, or perhaps a group, going to the trouble of making a cross like this unless, perhaps, the socket suddenly came to light and the village wanted a way to create a replica, to resemble the original cross for this socket.