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HER Number:MDV6383
Name:Ouldsbroom Cross 350 metres north-west of Oldsbrim farmhouse

Summary

Wayside cross known as Ollsbrim or Ouldsbroom Cross surviving as a single piece of roughly dressed stone which measures 1.6 metres high. Its arms have been largely removed and it has had holes for hanging gate posts drilled into it and backfilled with lead and iron. It dates to the 13th century. It came originally from this location, but was moved to Town Farm, Leusdon some 3 kilometres away in about 1825. It was re-erected in its present position by Newton Abbot Rural District Council in about 1957. The cross had served as one of the parole limits for prisoners held at Princetown during the Napoleonic wars.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 685 735
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77SW20
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 534
  • Pastscape: 445300

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WAYSIDE CROSS (XII to XIII - 1200 AD to 1299 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1887, Ancient Crosses of Dartmoor, 80-83 (Monograph). SDV261792.


Masson Phillips, E. N., 1937, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I, 326 (Article in Serial). SDV240502.

Ouldsbroom Cross; a monolithic granite cross, not in situ, at the edge of a road. The arms have been trimmed off short and there are two gate hanger holes in one of the faces.


Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, Accessed 11/07/2016 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Despite some damage to its arms, as a result of it having been used as a gatepost, the wayside cross known as Ollsbrim or Ouldsbroom Cross, 320 metres west-north-west of Oldsbrim Old Barn, survives comparatively well and continues to act as a waymarker beside a Dartmoor road. Crosses in particular have suffered from a somewhat turbulent history having been subject to all kinds of destructive forces during turbulent religious changes. Its survival, therefore suggests the cross was held in some esteem.
The monument includes a wayside cross known as Ollsbrim or Ouldsbroom Cross situated at a fork in the road between Dartmeet, Ollsbrim and Sherwell. The cross survives as a single piece of roughly dressed stone which measures 1.6m high tapers upwards and is roughly rectangular in section. Its arms have been largely removed and it has had holes for hanging gate posts drilled into it and backfilled with lead and iron. It dates to the 13th century. It came originally from this location, but was moved to Town Farm, Leusdon some 3km away in about 1825. It was re-erected in its present position by Newton Abbot Rural District Council in about 1957. The cross had served as one of the parole limits for prisoners held at Princetown during the Napoleonic wars. The wayside cross is Listed Grade II.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 5 November 2015. The 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.

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. 326.
SDV261792Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1887. Ancient Crosses of Dartmoor. Ancient Crosses of Dartmoor. Unknown. 80-83.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. Accessed 11/07/2016. [Mapped feature: #41017 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV6463Related to: Hut circle 780 meters south-east of Yar Tor (Monument)
MDV7991Related to: Original site of Ouldsbroom Cross at Leusdon, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 11 2016 11:49AM