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HER Number:MDV12498
Name:Redd Cross, Barnstaple


Missing. It is thought that a cross may have stood at the junction of High Street and Holland Street. It is not known if a cross ever existed there.


Grid Reference:SS 557 333
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SE/173
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS53SE36

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CROSS (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1938, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part II, 307 (Article in Serial). SDV6308.

Redd Cross is referred to in a document of 1572.

Kempe, F., 1990, History of ancient street on display (Article in Serial). SDV361444.

An exhibition which traces the history of Barnstaple High Street from Saxon times to the present day has been mounted by the local library. With photographs, newspaper cuttings, sketches and maps, it outlines the development of the street from South Gate (now more generally known as Youings Corner) to Mermaid Cross, where the old North Gate stood.

From Red Cross to Mermaid Cross was originally Northgate Street.

Watson, A., 2007-2017?, Devon Crosses, 364, (Vol 3), missing (Un-published). SDV360833.

Redd Cross
Redd cross is referred to in the records of 1572: 'To be whipt…from the prison to Redd Cross'. Barnstable.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SS53SE36 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV92621.

Site visit 15th October 1953. The junction of High Street and Holland Street is known at Redd Cross but it is not known if a cross ever existed there.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV360833Un-published: Watson, A.. 2007-2017?. Devon Crosses. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 364, (Vol 3), missing.
SDV361444Article in Serial: Kempe, F.. 1990. History of ancient street on display. Western Morning News. 20/01/1990. Photocopy + Digital.
SDV6308Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1938. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part II. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 70. A5 Hardback. 307.
SDV92621Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SS53SE36. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. [Mapped feature: #80524 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 14 2018 10:45AM