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Pillar Cross in Churchyard

A Scheduled Monument in Cwm Gwaun, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9731 / 51°58'23"N

Longitude: -4.9254 / 4°55'31"W

OS Eastings: 199159

OS Northings: 234558

OS Grid: SM991345

Mapcode National: GBR CM.KYRQ

Mapcode Global: VH1QN.KNZS

Entry Name: Pillar Cross in Churchyard

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 467

Cadw Legacy ID: PE230

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Early Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Cwm Gwaun

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a free standing cross probably dating to the early medieval or medieval period. The 1m tall pillar-stone measures 0.3m square at its base and was placed in its present position by a local builder who found it in part of a chimney that he was demolishing. Each of its four faces and top have been incised with a cross, the cross to the south face is wheel headed.

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 described.

Source: Cadw

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