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The City Cross

A Scheduled Monument in St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.8811 / 51°52'51"N

Longitude: -5.2655 / 5°15'55"W

OS Eastings: 175343

OS Northings: 225320

OS Grid: SM753253

Mapcode National: GBR C5.RQL2

Mapcode Global: VH0TD.PZ5C

Entry Name: The City Cross

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3552

Cadw Legacy ID: PE094

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan)

Built-Up Area: St Davids

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a free standing cross probably dating to the early medieval or medieval period which stands on six purple sandstone steps at one side of the park roundabout at Cross Square. The fine socket has worn decoration on the corners. The cross itself has a wheel-head and tapering octagonal shaft. It was heavily restored in the 19th century and there is an inscription on the steps commemorating this repair work. The cross is probably in its original position.

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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