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Llanthewy-Rhytherch Churchyard Cross-Base

A Scheduled Monument in Llanover (Llanofer), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8114 / 51°48'41"N

Longitude: -2.9443 / 2°56'39"W

OS Eastings: 334993

OS Northings: 212952

OS Grid: SO349129

Mapcode National: GBR F8.X495

Mapcode Global: VH797.XQ9R

Entry Name: Llanthewy-Rhytherch Churchyard Cross-Base

Scheduled Date: 1 March 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2984

Cadw Legacy ID: MM117

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Medieval

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Llanover (Llanofer)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Description

The monument consists of a free standing cross base probably dating to the early medieval or medieval period which stands in the churchyard on the S side of the church.

The original part of the structure is square and measures 2.3m in height and 3.5m wide and comprises four steps. Above is the original base of the cross shaft which measures 0.7m in height and 0.8m wide, and has carved broached stops at the corners. A 0.3m high segment of the original cross shaft still survives, above which is a modern shaft and crucifix. On the north side of the middle step, is an inscribed stone dating from 1923, detailing the restoration and erecting of the crucifix.

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 base 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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