Inside the lychgate to the churchyard, take the path which goes around to
the left and the cross shaft is set up on the bank on your left.
Grid Ref: 668 908 Map location: Click here to view map.
Purpose: Not known.
Size: 3 feet 5 inches (1.05 metres) tall. 12˝ inches (0.32 metres) wide.
Information: All that remains of this cross is the shaft, set into a square base. Nothing is known of the whereabouts of its head and arms. The bottom 11 inches of the shaft is square and it is chamfered above. The base stone is 2 feet 6 inches (0.77 metres) wide by 2 feet 7 inches (0.80 metres) deep. The top of the base is about 6 inches (0.15 metres) above the ground. There is a shallow hole drilled into the face of the shaft, towards the path, which looks as though it might have been started for a gate hanger, but not completed.
The shaft was found, built into one of the walls of the farm buildings, during renovation work at Throwleigh Barton in 1977. It was by kind permission of the owners, Mr and Mrs Hodgson, that the shaft has been erected at its current site. A small brass plaque, screwed to the edge of the base stone, gives a brief outline of its history:
On a small patio around the left hand side of the church, just past the main entrance, there is what appears to be another short section of a cross shaft. This is just the base of the shaft, which is square for the lower 9 inches and chamfered above. It measures 1 foot 4 inches (0.40 metres) tall, 1 foot 4˝ inches (0.41 metres) wide and 1 foot 6 inches (0.45 metres) deep.
I have not been able to find out where it came from or what has happened to the rest of the cross.
Behind this stone and leaning up against the church wall are three very old tombstones. The right hand one is fairly plain. The left hand one is made from granite, is very old and is almost in the shape of a cross. However, the central one is of most interest. It is made of slate and has an oval Egyptian type head engraved at the top, with large wings coming out each side from under the chin. The inscription, below the head, reads as follows:
HERE LYETH THE BODY OF
LIFE THE 25 DAY OF MAY 1735
SO I BEAD A DOO TO MY KIND FAT(HER)
AND MOTHER AND DEARE BROTHERS
(The letters shown in brackets are missing off the edge of the stone and have been assumed. Where the letters TH appear together, the vertical line of the T is shared with the left hand vertical line of the H. Each single word has a dot between it and the next word).
There is a fine stone
porch covering the main entrance to the church. Inside the porch and
resting on one of the wooden benches is a stone with two parallel lines
engraved across it, forming a right angle. This stone is sure to have some
significance, but I’m afraid that I have been unable discover what it
is. Over the porch, a slate sundial is attached to the wall at a slight
angle. This is probably to ensure that it shows the correct time and it
was certainly accurate on the day of my visit. The plaque shows that it is:
The main entrance to the churchyard is by way of a fine lychgate, with its granite stone on which to rest the coffin. The lychgate is a relatively modern reproduction of its predecessor, which was demolished in the 19th century. There is an oval brass plaque on the wall, under the gate roof, which states that it was erected by parishioners and others, in memory of George Lincoln Gambier Lowe, Rector from 1895 to 1933. On the opposite side of the lychgate is a colourful board showing that the church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin.
Just outside the churchyard is the old Church House, which is now ‘The Barn Studio’. On the corner of the building, a little granite trough has been raised up on blocks and is used to grow a few flowers. A flight of granite steps leads up the outside of the building to the upper floor and there is an old toilet chain hanging outside the front door to ring the doorbell.