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St. Mary Magdalene's Churchyard Cross, Goldcliff

A Scheduled Monument in Goldcliff, Newport (Casnewydd)

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Latitude: 51.5437 / 51°32'37"N

Longitude: -2.9167 / 2°54'59"W

OS Eastings: 336528

OS Northings: 183149

OS Grid: ST365831

Mapcode National: GBR J9.FT7L

Mapcode Global: VH7BM.DGFH

Entry Name: St. Mary Magdalene's Churchyard Cross, Goldcliff

Scheduled Date: 31 July 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1037

Cadw Legacy ID: MM313

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Medieval

County: Newport (Casnewydd)

Community: Goldcliff

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of a free standing cross in the churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene's church, Goldcliff. It is a very unusual example of a medieval cross comprising a circular mound of earth, some 3.5m in diameter and 0.60m high, revetted by a roughly-built rubble wall and surmounted by a square/octagonal socket-stone 0.63m wide by 0.52m high. The large broached stops at the corners are heavily damaged. The octagonal cross-shaft survives to a height of 0.94m and is 0.28m wide at the base, tapering to 0.24m at the top. The cross was recorded in its current position in 1893.

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 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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