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Kilgwrrwg Churchyard Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Devauden, Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.6822 / 51°40'55"N

Longitude: -2.7791 / 2°46'44"W

OS Eastings: 346230

OS Northings: 198442

OS Grid: ST462984

Mapcode National: GBR JG.5CMY

Mapcode Global: VH79X.SZ4B

Entry Name: Kilgwrrwg Churchyard Cross

Scheduled Date: 9 March 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2982

Cadw Legacy ID: MM104

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Medieval

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Devauden

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, on the south side of the church. The cross has been carved from a single piece of stone and stands c2m in height tapering slightly in section from the bottom where it has dimensions of 0.2m wide and 0.15m depth and sits on a square base of the same stone which is 0.1m high and 0.7m in width and breadth. The cross is roughly carved and unadorned; its arms measure c0.5m across.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of Christianity. It is an unusual example of its class, its crude design and simplicity making it impossible to date with any certainty. Located in a likely pre-Norman circular churchyard it retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

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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