MSO12031 - 19 Century churchyard cross at All Saints churchyard (Building)


The site of a 14th Century churchyard cross, which has been replaced by one dating to 1863 by J Seymour of Taunton.

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[ST 0729 3743] Cross on Site of Cross (NR). [1] At Monksilver, the remains of a fine C14 churchyard cross, consisting of a socket and part of a shaft, have been replaced by a modern one of no archaeological interest. [2] No information can be found regarding the present whereabouts of the medieval cross. [3] The modern cross is listed and is located c.3m south of the chancel. [4] Churchyard cross. Dated 1863. By J Seymour of Taunton. Conglomerate sandstone and red sandstone. 2 stage square calvary of red sandstone, square plinth with broaches and 4 figures representing the Evangelists, octagonal tapering shaft surmounted by Celtic cross with ornamented abacus. Inscribed on West front to William Francis Chilcott, died 1863, and Alison his wife. Inscription on East front illegible, name of Mason in North-West corner, J Seymour of Taunton. W F Chilcott was vicar of the Church of All Saints (qv), 1843-63. A lively example of a mid-Victorian churchyard cross. Pooley, Old Crosses of Somerset, 1877 refers to it appreciatively and to the remains of the C14 cross that it replaced. [5] The original cross was illustrated in Braikenridge's Collinson (1845). [6] The current cross was visited in June 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 5A. [7] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [8]

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1888.
  • <2> Monograph: Pooley, C.. 1877. An historical and descriptive account of the old stone crosses of Somerset. 103.
  • <3> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 4 May 1965.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. E Dennison, 12 December 1988.
  • <5> Index: 21/12/1984. Thirty-first List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Distict of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <6> Monograph: Collinson, J.. 1791 (2006). The History and Antiquities of Somerset. Archive CD Books Ltd. Braikenridge illustrated version, 3, 535 (1845).
  • <7> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <8> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 188322, Extant 26 May 2022.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 375/5/18
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10487
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7686
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NE6
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 188322
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 30715
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34853



Grid reference ST 0728 3742 (point)
Map sheet ST03NE

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Record last edited

Jun 1 2022 12:17PM


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