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HER Number:MDV7390
Name:Cross head found on Dockwell Ridge, South Brent


A cross-head, with one arm missing, was found in a boundary wall on Dockwell Ridge. Now at Gisperdown Farm (see MDV14116).


Grid Reference:SX 693 637
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/66

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CROSS (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1977, Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon Manuscript (Un-published). SDV307734.

A cross-head, with one arm missing, was found in a boundary wall on Dockwell Ridge.

Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist, April 1978 (Worksheet). SDV151046.

This fragment of granite cross was found by the owner of Gisperdown in the substance of a field wall in the process of rebuilding it. A few yards further back he had previously found a small brick shaped 'piece' of dressed granite and rebuilt it into the wall later realising that it was the missing arm. This was not recovered but the cross fragment consisting of part of the shaft and one arm is now in the farmyard of Gisperdown. It is of plain rectangular section with a linear incised cross (see illustration on worksheet) on both faces. The side where it was found was on the newtake wall bordering the open moor above Yalland Down. This cross closely resembles in its dimensions the Huntingdon Cross, which was one of the four set up in 1557 by Sir William Petre. Two of these are now missing; the Buckland Ford one of which there is no trace, and the one on the centre cairn of Three Barrows. This cross could also be the missing Buckland Ford Cross; it is a mystery how it came to be built into the newtake wall on Dockwell Ridge.

Masson Phillips, E. N., 1979, Supplementary notes on the ancient stone crosses of Devon, 141-2 (Article in Serial). SDV240506.

The cross is now at Gisperdown Farm (sx66se/170).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151046Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist. South Brent Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet. April 1978.
SDV240506Article in Serial: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1979. Supplementary notes on the ancient stone crosses of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 111. A5 Paperback. 141-2.
SDV307734Un-published: Masson Phillips, E. N.. 1977. Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon Manuscript. Ancient Stone Crosses of Devon Manuscript. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV14116Related to: Incised Cross Fragment at Gisperdown Farmstead, South Brent (Monument)
MDV13404Related to: Worked stone near Dockwell Gate (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 29 2018 9:02AM