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HER Number:106252
Name:SELLAN CROSS - Medieval cross


A wheel-headed wayside cross from Sellan now situated to the north of the steps leading to the churchyard extension to the east of the church.

Grid Reference:SW 4204 2934
Parish:Sancreed, Penwith, Cornwall
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Protected Status

  • Conservation Area: SANCREED CHURCHTOWN

Other References/Statuses

  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SW42NW 16
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 106252
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SW42NW 42

Monument Type(s):

  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Full description

The cross stands at the foot of the east side of the wall dividing the churchyard from the new burial ground (b1). According to Langdon writing in 1896, it had been brought from Sellan many years before (b1). The cross is 2ft 6in (0.76m) high, the width of the head is 1ft 11in (0.58m) and is 8in (0.2m) thick. Only the front is visible, on which is a short latin cross in relief. It has been broken at the place where the bead stops on the shaft (b1). The monument was included in the Schedule on 27/10/1967 and the scheduling was affirmed on 12/11/1996.
Sellan Cross was lifted, repaired by replacing a corroded iron pin with one of stainless steel and then relocated, on a new base, to a new position some three metres to the south-west of the one it had formerly occupied, during restoration works undertaken by the HES in 2004 (b6).

Site history:
1: 1960. OS
2: 1967. SAUNDERS / DOE
3: 1980. SAUNDERS / DOE
4: 1982. SAUNDERS / DOE

Preston-Jones, A, 2004, Sancreed Churchyard, Cornwall. Repair and restoration of medieval granite wayside crosses (Cornwall Event Report). SCO1447.

<1> Langdon, AG, 1896, Old Cornish Crosses, 70 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3820.

<2> Blight, JT, 18--, Sketch Books, VOL II, 26, 51 (Unpublished document). SCO2869.

<3> Russell, V, 1971, West Penwith Survey, 90 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4314.

<4> Baird, Major RD, & Lady White, 1961, Cornish Crosses, 784 (Unpublished document). SCO2767.

<5> Langdon, A, 1997, Stone Crosses in West Penwith, 56, NO 84 (Bibliographic reference). SCO3819.

<6> Tithe Award, 1840s, St Mawgan in Pydar (Bibliographic reference). SCO4902.

Sources / Further Reading

---SCO1447 - Cornwall Event Report: Preston-Jones, A. 2004. Sancreed Churchyard, Cornwall. Repair and restoration of medieval granite wayside crosses.
[1]SCO3820 - Bibliographic reference: Langdon, AG. 1896. Old Cornish Crosses. 70.
[2]SCO2869 - Unpublished document: Blight, JT. 18--. Sketch Books. MS At Morrab Library. VOL II, 26, 51.
[3]SCO4314 - Bibliographic reference: Russell, V. 1971. West Penwith Survey. 90.
[4]SCO2767 - Unpublished document: Baird, Major RD, & Lady White. 1961. Cornish Crosses. MS At RIC. 784.
[5]SCO3819 - Bibliographic reference: Langdon, A. 1997. Stone Crosses in West Penwith. 56, NO 84.
[6]SCO4902 - Bibliographic reference: Tithe Award. 1840s. St Mawgan in Pydar.

Associated Finds

  • FCO164 - UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Associated Events

  • ECO1499 - SM Management: Sancreed Churchyard

Related records: none recorded