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Cross-Slab in Church

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfrynach, Powys

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Latitude: 51.929 / 51°55'44"N

Longitude: -3.3257 / 3°19'32"W

OS Eastings: 308943

OS Northings: 226437

OS Grid: SO089264

Mapcode National: GBR YR.NRQ9

Mapcode Global: VH6C0.9SQ3

Entry Name: Cross-Slab in Church

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1760

Cadw Legacy ID: BR122

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Early Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Llanfrynach

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of a free standing cross probably dating to the early medieval or medieval period. The cross-slab stands upright against the South wall of the church (inside), towards the West end, behind a pew. It is 1.1m high and is roughly rectangular, broken across the middle, with pieces of the top and bottom broken off. It is carved on the front and sides, although the carving is extremely worn. On the front there are two figures, male and female, in the top half on either side of a cross, the top of which is missing. On the lower half is geometric and woven interlaced decoration. On one side is similar decoration, on the other a vertical inscription in crude lettering , reading: IOHANNIS MORIDIC SUREXIT HUNC LAPIDEM.

The stone is called the Moridic stone and was put in the church in 1869, having previously been incorporated into the Vicarage as a window sill.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of Christianity.

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 as described

Source: Cadw

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