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St. Peter's Churchyard Cross, Henllys

A Scheduled Monument in Henllys, Torfaen (Tor-faen)

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Latitude: 51.6132 / 51°36'47"N

Longitude: -3.0591 / 3°3'32"W

OS Eastings: 326764

OS Northings: 191017

OS Grid: ST267910

Mapcode National: GBR J3.9M6L

Mapcode Global: VH7B4.XQN5

Entry Name: St. Peter's Churchyard Cross, Henllys

Scheduled Date: 28 August 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1033

Cadw Legacy ID: MM309

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Medieval

County: Torfaen (Tor-faen)

Community: Henllys

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of a free standing cross in the churchyard of St. Peter's church, Henllys. The octagonal medieval cross-shaft survives to a height of 0.37m and is 0.28m wide at the base, tapering to 0.24m at the top. The base comprises four ashlar-built steps 3.73m square at ground level, surmounted by a square socket-stone 0.76m wide by 0.55m high, with large pyramid stops at the corners. The lowest step has a deeply chamfered underside. 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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