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Llangan Celtic Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Llangan (Llan-gan), Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Latitude: 51.4898 / 51°29'23"N

Longitude: -3.503 / 3°30'10"W

OS Eastings: 295742

OS Northings: 177827

OS Grid: SS957778

Mapcode National: GBR HH.K9LL

Mapcode Global: VH5HL.7TFB

Entry Name: Llangan Celtic Cross

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 169

Cadw Legacy ID: GM211

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Early Medieval

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: Llangan (Llan-gan)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of a free standing cross probably dating to the early medieval or medieval period, which stands in the churchyard just west of the church under a pitched roof. The cross is c1.5m in height and consists of a short base 0.4m wide with a circular cross, 1m in diameter, on top. Both faces the top section have been carved in relief with the east face showing a wheel-shaped cross. On the west face is the Crucifixion with a figure beneath each arm and a further figure beneath the feet of Christ.

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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