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St. Mary's Churchyard Cross, Marshfield

A Scheduled Monument in Marshfield (Maerun), Newport (Casnewydd)

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Latitude: 51.5371 / 51°32'13"N

Longitude: -3.0661 / 3°3'57"W

OS Eastings: 326154

OS Northings: 182561

OS Grid: ST261825

Mapcode National: GBR J2.GKG8

Mapcode Global: VH7BJ.SMYJ

Entry Name: St. Mary's Churchyard Cross, Marshfield

Scheduled Date: 13 August 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1035

Cadw Legacy ID: MM311

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross base

Period: Medieval

County: Newport (Casnewydd)

Community: Marshfield (Maerun)

Built-Up Area: Marshfield

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of a cross base in the churchyard of St. Mary's church, Marshfiel. It is an unusual example of a medieval socket-stone and cross-shaft, probably dating to the 15th century. It comprises an octagonal socket-stone, some 0.73m across by 0.60m high, with carved quatrefoil decoration on each face. The original medieval shaft survives to a height of 0.37m and is surmounted by a modern cross erected as war memorial in 1991.

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 base 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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