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HER Number:MDV1935
Name:St. John the Baptist Churchyard Steps, Membury


It has been suggested that the flight of semi-circular stone steps leading to the south-east entrance to the churchyard were formerly the pedestal of a cross. There is no evidence to support this suggestion, however, and the good condition of the steps throws doubt on their being of medieval date.


Grid Reference:ST 276 029
Map Sheet:ST20SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST20SE/8/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CROSS (Unknown date)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV111700.

Cross in the churchyard. Rev. Langdon states that the steep steps at the e gate of the churchyard once formed part of the pedestal of a cross.

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV111701.

Vis=7/6/1982 (os) flight of 5 semi-circular steps. Lowest is 3.5m diam and top one 1m across; each is 0.25m high. Each step, save the top, which is solid, is constructed of unworn curvilinear stone blocks about 0.6m long. Unless they have been reversed the preservation of these stones is so good that it seems unlikely that they represent a medieval structure (nmr citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV111704.

Masson phillips, e. /tda/86(1954)180/supplementary notes on the ancient stone crosses of devon, fourth paper.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV111705.

Langdon, f. E. /tda/39(1907)132/membury church.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV111706.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV111708.


Salvatore, J. P., 1997, Stone Cross (Steps) (Un-published). SDV348340.

Flight of five semi-circular stone steps leading up to the churchyard of St. John the Baptist. The steps are thought to have been the pedestal base of a cross but there is no evidence to support this and their condition is so good as to cast doubt on their being medieval. Not recommended for scheduling, therefore. The steps form part of the churchyard enclosure and are under no current threat.

Watson, A., 2007-2017?, Devon Crosses, 301, (Vol 3), sketch (Un-published). SDV360833.

Membury Churchyard ST276029
When the churchyard or village cross of Membury was destroyed, the pedestal was utilised to form the steep steps of the eastern entrance to the churchyard. The top step has the appearance of having an incised cross on the riser.
Incised cross height 11.4 centimetres, span 10.2 by 1.27 centimetres wide. Step 20.3 centimetres high.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV111700Migrated Record:
SDV111701Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV111704Migrated Record:
SDV111705Migrated Record:
SDV111706Migrated Record:
SDV111708Migrated Record:
SDV348340Un-published: Salvatore, J. P.. 1997. Stone Cross (Steps). Monuments Protection Programme. Report on Site for which Scheduling is Not . A4 Stapled.
SDV360833Un-published: Watson, A.. 2007-2017?. Devon Crosses. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 301, (Vol 3), sketch.

Associated Monuments

MDV1934Parent of: St John the Baptist, Membury (Building)
MDV16332Related to: CHURCHYARD in the Parish of Membury (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 14 2018 11:36AM