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Bedwas Churchyard Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen (Bedwas, Tretomos a Machen), Caerphilly (Caerffili)

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Latitude: 51.5954 / 51°35'43"N

Longitude: -3.198 / 3°11'52"W

OS Eastings: 317109

OS Northings: 189190

OS Grid: ST171891

Mapcode National: GBR HX.BN9G

Mapcode Global: VH6DT.J558

Entry Name: Bedwas Churchyard Cross

Scheduled Date: 27 September 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 578

Cadw Legacy ID: MM143

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Medieval

County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen (Bedwas, Tretomos a Machen)

Built-Up Area: Caerphilly

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of a free standing cross probably dating to the early medieval or medieval period which stands in the churchyard to the south of the church. The remains of the cross stand c1m in height on an hexagonal base which is 0.5m in height and c1m in diameter, with a band of ball decoration around it. Above this is a short stone pillar 0.45m in height with a rectangular cross-section which tapers towards the top.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of Christianity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A cross may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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