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Martin's Haven Early Christian Inscribed Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Marloes and St. Brides (Marloes a Sain Ffrêd), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.7351 / 51°44'6"N

Longitude: -5.2449 / 5°14'41"W

OS Eastings: 176042

OS Northings: 209030

OS Grid: SM760090

Mapcode National: GBR G1.HY5G

Mapcode Global: VH0V6.1NL6

Entry Name: Martin's Haven Early Christian Inscribed Cross

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1986

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2741

Cadw Legacy ID: PE431

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross-marked stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Marloes and St. Brides (Marloes a Sain Ffrêd)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a stone with a cross carved into the surface, probably dating to the medieval period. This is a waterworn boulder, 0.86m high, 0.4m wide and 1.2m thick, roughly rectangular in shape with a rounded top and flat but sloping back. On one face is incised a double outlined Latin cross, the upper part of which is surrounded by a double ring. The four arms of the cross protrude beyond the wheel head. The other face is not decorated. The cross was found in the ground during work on a wall adjacent to a derelict building and is now fixed, by its base only, into the wall which protects it from weathering. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of medieval Christianity. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A cross marked stone 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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