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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Questions and Answers
is the tallest cross in Cornwall?
depends on whether you count the stone below ground level or not.
The cross in Mylor churchyard when set up in the 19th
century was measured at 17ft 6ins, however when it was set up 7feet of
the shaft was buried below ground level.
tallest cross above ground level is in the churchyard at Quethiock near
Liskeard; measures 13ft 4ins, followed by St Teath (in the cemetery) a
close second measuring 13ft 1in.
is the smallest wheel-headed cross in Cornwall?
this can be contested, but if one excludes gable crosses, the cross on
Treslea Downs in Cardinham would be the smallest.
cross has the largest diameter cross-head?
cross with the largest diameter cross-head is the churchyard cross at
Cardinham, with a diameter of 3ft (0.92M).
Carminow Cross near Bodmin comes a close second with a
diameter of 2ft 11 ½ins (0.9M).
is the Cornish cross that has been moved the farthest?
Cornish crosses have been moved out of the county especially during the
Victorian period, some to neighbouring Devon, one to Hampshire and one
to Sussex. However one latin cross from the parish of St Michael
Penkivel was shipped over to Canada and today is situated in the parish
church at West Flamborough, near Hamilton in Ontario.
cross has been moved the most times?
Lantern cross-head discovered at Trewane Manor in St Kew has been moved
at least four times, to property owned by the Grylls family at Luxulyan,
Helston and St Neot, before being set up in the churchyard at St Neot.
is the earliest recorded Cornish cross in a document?
is St Piran’s Cross which is allegedly the Christel
Mael that is recorded in a charter dated 960AD as a boundstone
marking the manor of Tywarnhayle. The
manor consisted of Perranzabuloe, St Agnes and part of Illogan parishes.
is the main difference between crosses set up in the countryside in
Cornwall and those in neighbouring Devonshire?
majority of Cornish crosses are wheel-headed, whereas those in Devon are
almost all Latin style
crosses. However they
often serve a similar purpose, marking church paths and boundaries.
is the most visited Cornish Cross?
St Piran’s Cross on Penhale Sands, Perranzabuloe, which today is seen
as an iconic symbol of Cornwall, a cultural symbol as well as a
old are Cornwall’s crosses?
of the churchyard crosses date from the later 9th century,
while wayside and boundary crosses appear in the 12th century
onwards. The sculptured
Lantern crosses were the final style of cross carved in Cornwall and
date from the 15th century right up to the Reformation.
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