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Pillar Cross in Newport Churchyard

A Scheduled Monument in Newport (Trefdraeth), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 52.015 / 52°0'54"N

Longitude: -4.8318 / 4°49'54"W

OS Eastings: 205767

OS Northings: 238965

OS Grid: SN057389

Mapcode National: GBR CR.HB4H

Mapcode Global: VH2MZ.6MG4

Entry Name: Pillar Cross in Newport Churchyard

Scheduled Date: 7 November 1956

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2699

Cadw Legacy ID: PE304

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross-marked stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Newport (Trefdraeth)

Built-Up Area: Newport

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a stone with a cross carved into the surface, probably dating to the medieval period and standing outside the west end of church. It was moved to the churchyard in 1956 having been formerly used as a gatepost (set head downwards) at Cnwc - Y Croywydd, beside the Newport - Fishguard road opposite Cnwc farmhouse. It has an Incised Latin ring across with crossed foot and curved bar below, 5ft x 11ft 6ins x 1ft. Stands outside West end of church.

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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