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
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the last twenty years and in particular since the millennium there has
been an increasing interest in Cornish crosses.
the stone cross can be seen as both a religious and a cultural symbol in
Cornwall, while the image of a cross is often adopted as a logo by
organisations, businesses and charities to advertise themselves as being
part of Cornwall or a local group.
the millennium several towns and villages set up a granite cross to
commemorate the occasion, some were set up as purely Christian symbols
by church groups, while others were set up by local councils, history
groups and Old Cornwall Societies and were also clearly intended as
cultural symbols as well.
Liskeard, no less than six crosses were erected by the Liskeard Churches
Millennium Steering Group, one in the town centre on the Parade and
others of the approach roads into the town.
At Helston a tall cross was set up beside the Penzance road at
Sithney Common Hill by Helston Town Council and Helston Old Cornwall
Society. Another even
tallest cross was set up at Bodmin town wall by a joint committee
including members of Bodmin Town Council, the County Council and the
town forum to mark the western entrance to the borough.
At the eastern end of Newquay a Celtic cross modelled on the
Nevern cross in south Wales was set up again for the millennium, while
further crosses have been set up at St Dennis, Mawnan Smith, Landrake,
Redruth and Pelynt.
the village of Rame in Wendron parish on the Penryn to Helston road a
replica of an original medieval cross that once stood in the village was
commissioned, the original being in the grounds of Scorrier House. The cross was removed to Scorrier in 1849 as a garden feature
and when Wendron parish council were unable to have the cross returned
they decided to have a replica commissioned. At
Newlyn East a modern cross of Constantine granite was set up in a
medieval base-stone that existed beside the roadside.
the millennium many additional crosses have been set up especially in
private gardens, sometimes replica crosses have been carved and even
deliberately aged with chemicals to look ancient, while a number of
concrete crosses have been sold at local garden centres. Recording
all modern examples has become necessary to prevent any confusion with
original medieval examples in the future.
(c) 2008 Andrew Langdon - Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd
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