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Two Pre-Norman Gravestones in Churchyard

A Scheduled Monument in Mathry (Mathri), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9459 / 51°56'45"N

Longitude: -5.0875 / 5°5'15"W

OS Eastings: 187899

OS Northings: 231989

OS Grid: SM878319

Mapcode National: GBR CF.MLR1

Mapcode Global: VH1QR.RCS4

Entry Name: Two Pre-Norman Gravestones in Churchyard

Scheduled Date: 24 September 1947

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3354

Cadw Legacy ID: PE150

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cross-marked stone

Period: Early Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Mathry (Mathri)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of a two stones with a cross carved into their surface, probably dating to the medieval period which are gravestones built into the outer face of the of the churchyard wall. They face the road on the west side c14m south of the entrance gate. They are separated by a distance of 1.5m. The first of these stones is height and has a width of 0.5m; the upper part is incised with a cross within a circle which is 0.28m in diameter. The second stone is height and has a width of 0.5m; the upper part is also incised a cross within a circle which is 0.3m in diameter.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the organisation and practice of medieval Christianity. A cross marked stone 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.

Source: Cadw

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