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St. Michael's Churchyard Cross, Machen

A Scheduled Monument in Graig, Newport (Casnewydd)

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Latitude: 51.5861 / 51°35'10"N

Longitude: -3.1158 / 3°6'56"W

OS Eastings: 322792

OS Northings: 188066

OS Grid: ST227880

Mapcode National: GBR J0.CBZ5

Mapcode Global: VH6DV.YD5D

Entry Name: St. Michael's Churchyard Cross, Machen

Scheduled Date: 25 June 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3900

Cadw Legacy ID: MM305

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Medieval

County: Newport (Casnewydd)

Community: Graig

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of a free standing cross in the churchyard of St. Michael's church, Machen. The octagonal medieval cross shaft survives to a height of 0.88m and is 0.30m wide at the base, tapering to 0.26m at the top. The base comprises two rubble-built steps 2.0m square at ground level, surmounted by a square, chamfered socket-stone some 0.66m wide by 0.48m high. 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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