The Federation of Old Cornwall Societies
"Cuntelleugh an brewyon us gesys na vo kellys travyth"
(Gather up the fragments that are left that nothing be lost.)
The Organisation for those who love Cornwall.
By Andrew Langdon
For the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies
|Introduction||Types of Cross||Distribution Map||Questions and Answers||Discovering Crosses|
|Restoration Projects||Micro chipping||Intreview||Legislation, Scheduling, Listing etc||Books|
wayside crosses are a distinctive and numerous feature of the Cornish
The majority were set up as medieval signposts marking the route
to the parish church, or as boundary stones marking the boundary of the
glebe or parish.
these monuments not only represent an aspect of Cornwall’s rich
heritage but are also often seen as symbols of Cornish Identify.
This has lead to a growing interest in them, as well as an
increasing number of replica and modern crosses being set up over the
past decade by both community groups and individuals.
It is this renewed interest in Cornish crosses and general
interest in granite artefacts that has perhaps fuelled the need by a
very small minority to steal their own ancient cross.
the past twenty years there have been numerous attempts to steal stone
crosses from rural locations in Cornwall.
These are usually small and medium sized monuments, located
beside country roads and tracks, although on at least one occasion a
cross located within a field marking a church path has been removed.
1987, the Halvana Cross within the parish of Altarnun was removed from a
remote location on Bodmin Moor and has never been retrieved.
On visiting the site of the cross in October 1987, it was clear
that the monument had been pulled from the ground by mechanical means.
In January 1990, the Trevorry or Sandyway Cross at Lanlivery was
stolen and re- discovered by the police a few months later in a back
garden in a neighbouring parish, and its theft was the subject of a
1993, several attempts to steal a wayside crosses were made across
Cornwall by an organised gang equipped with a flat bed lorry and
hydraulic winch; all attempts were unsuccessful partly due to the
vigilance of locals who challenged this action.
One cross at St Buryan was left leaning at an acute angle while
another at Lanivet was pulled off the hedge and abandoned in the middle
of the road.
response to this, the Cornwall County Council’s Historic Environment
Service (HES) decided to follow the lead taken by the Dartmoor National
Park Authority (DPNA), who microchipped a number of their crosses in
As a result, the HES piloted a similar project in Cornwall in the
summer of 2006.
(c) 2008 Andrew Langdon - Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd
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