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HER Number:MDV6406
Name:Wayside cross on Down Ridge 1.1km south west of Saddle Bridge

Summary

Wayside cross embedded into a large earthfast rock, standing 1.52 metres high. A break in the 1.08 metre high shaft has been repaired using iron bars on both sides. Despite historic damage, the cross survives comparatively well and helps denote the route of a medieval track leading across the moor between Tavistock and Buckfast Abbeys.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 654 714
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/28
  • Old SAM Ref: 28739

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Crossing, W., 1887, Ancient Crosses of Dartmoor, 68-73, 116 (Monograph). SDV261792.

The cross was repaired and re-erected in 1885.


Masson Phillips, E. N., 1937, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I, 310 (Article in Serial). SDV240502.

Skir Ford, 1 mile south of Hexworthy near the Wolbrook. A small cross of rough rectangular section, set up in a heap of stones. Type A. The shaft has been broken into pieces and joined together with iron clamps.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67SE63 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV218971.

Down Ridge; stone cross. Dimensions: 1.5 metres in height, 0.7 metres (across arms). As described by Masson Phillips.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152141, 2/7/1999 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Wayside cross on Down Ridge at SX65467141 standing 1110 metres south-west of Saddle Bridge.
Wayside cross leaning 15 degrees towards north-north-west. The cross is 1.52 metres high and broken into two parts which have been repaired using iron bars on both sides. The head measures 0.18 metres high the arms are 0.69 metres wide and extend 0.2 metres beyond the shaft on either side. The shaft itself is 1.08 metres high by 0.34 metres and 0.19 metres thick. Cross embedded into large earthfast rock. Severe erosion around the rock, but the cross appears stable. Wobbling slightly in its socket. Not known whether socket is original. Several large stones lie around the base of the cross. Prospecting pits in surrounding area are excluded.


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

'Cross' is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England, Accessed 27/06/2016 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

The monument includes a wayside cross situated on a gentle south east facing slope overlooking Holne Moor. The cross is embedded into a large earthfast rock, is of Latin type, stands 1.52m high and leans 15 degrees towards NNW. A break in the 1.08m high shaft has been repaired using iron bars on both sides. The head of the cross measures 0.18m high, whilst the arms are 0.69m wide and extend 0.2m beyond the shaft on either side.
Despite historic damage, the wayside cross on Down Ridge 1.1km south west of Saddle Bridge, survives comparatively well and, together with a number of other crosses, denotes the route of a medieval track leading across the moor between Tavistock and Buckfast Abbeys.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV218971Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67SE63. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV240502Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1937. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A5 Hardback. 310.
SDV261792Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1887. Ancient Crosses of Dartmoor. Ancient Crosses of Dartmoor. Unknown. 68-73, 116.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152141, 2/7/1999.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97505 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. Accessed 27/06/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV5076Related to: The Abbot's Way, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 11 2016 3:40PM