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HER Number:MDV3609
Name:Stone cross south-west of church, Sampford Spiney

Summary

Cross situated on the village green in the heart of Sampford Spiney close to the parish church. The cross stands up to 2.3 metres high and measures 0.5 metres wide across the arms. The cross is square at the base and octagonal above. There is slight damage to one arm and a vertical crack in the head. It was moved to its current position from a nearby hedge.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 533 724
Map Sheet:SX57SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSampford Spiney
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSAMPFORD SPINEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SW/17
  • Old SAM County Ref: 941

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CROSS (XV to XVIII - 1500 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1937, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I, 313 (Article in Serial). SDV240502.

Cross, a tall slender cross, square at the base, octagonal above and tapering upwards. It is set up in a square socket hole cut in a boulder, and formerly stood in a hedge nearby. The cross is made of moorland granite and is in good condition. Height above the boulder is 2.2 metres.


Ancient Monuments, 1973, Cross, Sampford Spiney, 27/4/1973 (Schedule Document). SDV326130.

16th century plain stone cross, shaft created by heavy chamfer. Possibly an inscribed stone of early Christian date in the north east corner of the churchyard.


Starkey, F. H., 1983, Dartmoor Crosses and Some Ancient Tracks, 124-5 (Monograph). SDV345128.


Department of Environment, 1987, Sampford Spiney, 80 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV252739.

Village cross. Probably mid 18th century, granite. Monolith with tapered chamfered shaft and Latin cross on natural rock base.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

'Stone Cross' is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, Accessed 04/07/2016 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Despite minor damage the standing cross 75m south west of Sampford Spiney church survives extremely well and bears witness to the fact that it was held in high regard despite times of religious upheaval when many such iconoclastic images suffered considerable damage or destruction.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17 November 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.
This monument includes a standing cross situated on the village green in the heart of Sampford Spiney close to the parish church. The cross survives as a tall, slender slightly tapering Latin cross set into a boulder. The cross stands up to 2.3m high and measures 0.5m wide across the arms. The cross is square at the base and octagonal above. There is slight damage to one arm and a vertical crack in the head. It was moved to its current position from a nearby hedge.
The cross is listed at Grade II.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV240502Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1937. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A5 Hardback. 313.
SDV252739List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Sampford Spiney. Historic Houses Register. 80.
SDV326130Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1973. Cross, Sampford Spiney. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown. 27/4/1973.
SDV345128Monograph: Starkey, F. H.. 1983. Dartmoor Crosses and Some Ancient Tracks. Dartmoor Crosses and Some Ancient Tracks. Paperback Volume. 124-5.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #21051 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. Accessed 04/07/2016.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 4 2016 12:32PM