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HER Number:24541.23
Name:MERTHER UNY - Early Medieval cross


A pre-Norman decorated cross, in situ within the lann with which it is contemporary.

Grid Reference:SW 7033 2931
Parish:Gweek, Kerrier, Cornwall
Map:Show location on Streetmap

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument CO162B-C: Round, medieval chapel, burial ground and standing cross 60m south east of Merthyr Uny House

Other References/Statuses

  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW72NW 21
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 24541.23
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SW72NW 4.4

Monument Type(s):

  • CROSS (Early Medieval - 410 AD to 1065 AD)

Full description

At Merther-Uny a granite cross, 2.26m high, stands in its original pit within the lann (24541.2) which it is contemporary with, just south of the original western entrance (b3). Shown on the OS map of 1963 (b2). The head, both front and back, has a central boss surrounded by a wide encircling bead, with four deep, offset sinkings, in some places cutting through the bead. The shaft is decorated with dot and panel ornament, with central boss toward the top of the shaft both front and back, although that of the back is more offset to the left (b1). An outstanding example of a pre-Norman cross (h1). The monument measures 1.68m in height, width of head 0.405m, width of shaft 0.355m, thickness 0.23m (b4).

Site history:
1: 1971. OS

<1> Langdon, AG, 1896, Old Cornish Crosses, 346 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3820.

<2> Ordnance Survey, 1970s, 1:10,000 OS Map (Cartographic materials). SCO4045.

<3> Thomas, AC, 1968, Excavation News 1967-1968: Merther Uny, Wendron (Cornish Archaeology No 7, 1968), VOL 7, 81-82 (Article in serial). SCO4626.

<4> Langdon, A, 1999, Stone Crosses in West Cornwall, 64, NO 101 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3818.

Sources / Further Reading

[1]SCO3820 - Bibliographic reference: Langdon, AG. 1896. Old Cornish Crosses. 346.
[2]SCO4045 - Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1970s. 1:10,000 OS Map.
[3]SCO4626 - Article in serial: Thomas, AC. 1968. Excavation News 1967-1968: Merther Uny, Wendron (Cornish Archaeology No 7, 1968). CA No 7. VOL 7, 81-82.
[4]SCO3818 - Bibliographic reference: Langdon, A. 1999. Stone Crosses in West Cornwall. 64, NO 101.

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records

24541Part of: MERTHER UNY - Iron Age round, Early Medieval chapel, Post Medieval nonconformist chapel (Monument)

Associated Images

Merther Euny cross MCO5544.JPG
Merther Euny cross MCO5544.JPG
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