Shaugh Prior Memorial Cross

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LocationJust inside the roadside wall of the Shaugh Prior Churchyard

O/S Grid Ref: SX/54277/63097       Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-):  -4.05391/50.44956 

Map location:  Click here to view map.

Purpose: War Memorial Cross

Size: The cross measures 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 metres) high and 2 feet 11 inches inches (0.89 metres) across the arms. The shaft is 12 inches (0.30 metres) square.

 Information: This modern Latin cross sits in an octagonal socket stone on a larger base which is also octagonal.  The socket stone is 3 feet (0.92 metres)  across and 12 inches (0.30 metres) high.  The base plinth is 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 metres) wide and also 12 inches (0.30 metres) high.  Both the shaft and its arms have been chamfered, making the whole cross octagonal in shape.

The cross was originally commissioned as a memorial to all those local men who lost their lives in the First World War.  One face of the socket bears the following words in lead lettering: "TO THE VALOUR AND / DEVOTION OF THOSE WHO / FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 -1919. / I STAND TO BEAR / PROUD AND LASTING / WITNESS".  The other seven faces record the names of the 22 men who lost their lives in that War.  Following the end of the Second World War, the dates of that conflict "1939 - 1945" were added to the upper surface of the base plinth, together with the names of the four men who lost their lives in that war, on the side of the base directly underneath the dates.

In addition to this cross, Shaugh Prior also has a village cross, a modern man-made cross (on the same page as the village cross), a socket stone and the length of another cross shaft (both included on the page for the Churchyard Cross).

Our thanks to Mark Fenlon for bringing this cross to our attention.