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Rhyd-y-Gath Pillar Cross

A Scheduled Monument in Crymych, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9511 / 51°57'3"N

Longitude: -4.5988 / 4°35'55"W

OS Eastings: 221505

OS Northings: 231253

OS Grid: SN215312

Mapcode National: GBR D2.M7YY

Mapcode Global: VH2NH.77P5

Entry Name: Rhyd-y-Gath Pillar Cross

Scheduled Date: 31 March 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3721

Cadw Legacy ID: PE233

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross-marked stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Crymych

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a stone with a cross carved into the surface, probably dating to the medieval period which has been incorporated into the body of a wall at the entrance to the farmyard. The rough unshaped stone has been incised with a cross and a circle which encompasses the arms but not the entire shaft of the cross. In each of the quarter circles formed by the carving is a dot device forming a symmetrical pattern.

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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