MSO12029 - Medieval churchyard cross in St Petrock's churchyard, Timberscombe (Building)


A 14th Century churchyard cross, restored in 1896 as a memorial to the vicar William Baily Whitehead.

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14th Century cross adjacent to the porch on the north side of the church. All that remains is one broken step, a square socket and a fragment of the octagonal shaft 4.5 feet high. [1] This churchyard cross has been restored and stands at SS 9558 4206. The socket stone and greater portion of the shaft are original, the remainder is modern. [2] Churchyard cross. 14th Century, restored 1896. Granite base, red sandstone socket and base of shaft, extended with crucifix addition in Ham stone. Square base inscribed;'... in memoriam William Baily Whitehead Vicar MDCCCXV - MDCCCLIII', socket and circular shaft continued as octagon with neck band, cavetto moulded and crenellated, surmounted by crucifix in gabled niche. [3] The socket was mounted on to a concrete base and the remaining 1.3 metre length of shaft was extended with modern stone shaft grafted on to it. The modern base has a dedication to a former Vicar, William Barley Whitehead 1826-1853, inscribed onto it. The base sits on a partially buried brick, rubble and concrete base. It is not known if the cross was re-located in its original location after it was restored. [4] The structure is shown on 2018 MasterMap data and is labelled "Cross (restored)". [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Monograph: Pooley, C.. 1877. An historical and descriptive account of the old stone crosses of Somerset. 19.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1965. SS94SE. 15.
  • <3> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Carhampton et al (5 June 1985) 51.
  • <4> Archive: English Heritage. National Monuments Record / AMIE / Monarch entry - viewable via Pastscape. Reference 36890: English Heritage Alternative Action Report.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #41381 ]



Grid reference SS 9559 4207 (point)
Map sheet SS94SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 444/7/95
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10608
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO8305
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE15
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36890
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31082
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34851

Record last edited

Jan 21 2020 4:28PM


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