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 (see G.P.s AO/65/124/1). [2] Churchyard cross, Grade II, Church Street (west side). In the churchyard of St. Petrock, about 10 metres south south east of the porch. 14th century, restored 1896. (For full description see list.) [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] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Monograph: Pooley, C.. 1877. An historical and descriptive account of the old stone crosses of Somerset. 19.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 26 May 1965.
  • <3> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Carhampton et al (5 June 1985) 51.
  • <4> Report: Various. Various. English Heritage Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. J Duck, 2002.
  • <5>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #41381 ]
  • <6> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36890, Extant 17 May 2022.



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
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36890
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31082
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34851

Record last edited

May 17 2022 1:30PM


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