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HER Number:MDV57368
Name:Remains of a cross on Sourton Green

Summary - not yet available


Grid Reference:SX 534 903
Map Sheet:SX59SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 59 SW 3
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SW/38/1
  • Pastscape: 440901

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAYSIDE CROSS (IX to X - 900 AD to 999 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX59SW3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV266383.

(SX 534903) Situated on the green, near the road. "A roughly shaped square socket-stone, with a square socket hole. The stone is broken across diagonally" (citing Masson Phillips, 1937).
SX 53499033. A damaged crossbase 1.0 metres square with an 0.3 metre square socket, buried with its top flush to the ground. Photograph. Surveyed at 1:2500 (Ordnance Survey visit, 07/10/1974).

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1984, Supplementary Notes on the Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon (Seventh Paper), 116 (Article in Serial). SDV345276.

Daniel, M. + Bearne, G., 2011-2018, Dartmoor Crosses, Accessed 22/07/2016 (Website). SDV305618.

Also on the village green (apart from the incised cross) is the remains of the Sourton Village Cross. This consists of a short length of cylindrical shaft, set into a rectangular socket stone. The shaft was found during the renovation of a nearby building, in about 1980 or 1981. At first the significance of this discovery was not realised and unfortunately it was broken into two lengths. In fact, the groove where a drill bit was used to weaken the stone can still be seen at the top of the shaft. Happily, once it was recognised as a cross shaft, the lower portion was saved and has now been reunited with the socket stone.
The remaining portion of the shaft measures 12 inches (0.30 metres) tall and 2 feet 11 inches (0.88 metres) in circumference. The lower end of the shaft terminates in a 9 inch square tenon, which is a very good match for the socket cut into the base stone. Nothing appears to be known of the whereabouts of the head and arms of this cross.
(Photograph included).

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, Accessed 19/07/2016 (Website). SDV359354.

Recently, a short portion of the missing cross-base was found during repairs to the nearby Jubilee Hall and it has been placed in the socket of the cross-base which lies on the green (citing Masson Phillips, 1984)

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.
SDV266383Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX59SW3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV305618Website: Daniel, M. + Bearne, G.. 2011-2018. Dartmoor Crosses. www.dartmoor-crosses.org.uk. Website. Accessed 22/07/2016.
SDV345276Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1984. Supplementary Notes on the Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon (Seventh Paper). Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 116. Paperback Volume. 116.
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. Accessed 19/07/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV4780Related to: Alleged broken cross on the green, Sourton (Monument)
MDV19441Related to: COMMEMORATIVE STONE in the Parish of Sourton (Building)
MDV20440Related to: FARMSTEAD in the Parish of Sourton (Monument)
MDV28487Related to: Inscised stone on the green, Sourton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 22 2016 2:17PM