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HER Number:MDV6680
Name:Cross at Merripit hill Cross at Merripit Hill


Site of a cross; not located since the early 19th century. Said to have been a 'tall well-formed cross with short arms' lying on the side of the road on Merripit Hill. Possibly removed to Postbridge, for use as a post for the toll gate, but later removed and location since unknown.


Grid Reference:SX 66 80
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/96

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CROSS (Early Medieval to XIX - 1066 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Thornton, W. H., 1910-1911, The Plague at North Bovey, 200 (Article in Serial). SDV350877.

The cross may have been a marker for the track to Tavistock before the road was made.

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1937, The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I, 311 (Article in Serial). SDV240502.

Merripit Hill. In 1831 Bray recorded a tall well-formed cross with short arms lying prostrate by the road near a circular pit on the southern side of the road on Merripit Hill. Said to have been removed to Postbridge, and used as a post for the toll gate, and to have disappeared when the posts were removed.

Brown, T., 1961, Tales of a Dartmoor Village, 209 (Article in Serial). SDV238060.

Description matches Masson-Phillips.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV238060Article in Serial: Brown, T.. 1961. Tales of a Dartmoor Village. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 93. Unknown. 209.
SDV240502Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1937. The Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon: Part I. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A5 Hardback. 311.
SDV350877Article in Serial: Thornton, W. H.. 1910-1911. The Plague at North Bovey. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 6. Unknown. 200.

Associated Monuments

MDV121042Related to: Quarry south of Merripit Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 9 2018 10:25AM