MSO8016 - Medieval cross in All Saints' Churchyard (Building)


The remains of a 15th Century stone cross, situated opposite the south porch of All Saints' Church. It comprises three octagonal steps and a socket.

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[SS 9198 4680] A 14th century churchyard cross situated opposite the south porch of All Saints' Church. The calvary has three octagonal steps and the socket which is raised on a slight plinth, is worked to an octagon in its upper bed and to a square below. [1] The cross is as described. See GP AO/65/181/7 [2,7] Remains of churchyard cross, about 4 metres east of south aisle, Church of All Saints. Selworthy Village. Grade II*. 15th Century. [3,5] (SS 9199 4679) Cross (NR). [4] The feature was noted to be "a good specimen of a churchyard cross" in 1890. [6] Scheduled on 3 September 2002. [8] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 3. [9] The building was visited in May 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 4A. [10] East of the south aisle of the Parish Church is a churchyard cross dating from the 15th Century, having a three stage calvary with a moulded plinth, dripstones and sunk quatrefoil panels with shields. The tapering octagonal shaft is broken at the top, but it is otherwise in good condition, and resembles a cross of similar date at Wootton Courtenay. [11] The site was surveyed in April 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 7. [12] The feature is spot located and labelled on 2020 MasterMap data. [13] The site was photographed in the early 20th Century. [14] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [15] The cross is mentioned in the 2017 Conservation Area Appraisal for Selworthy. [16]

Sources/Archives (16)

  • <1> Monograph: Pooley, C.. 1877. An historical and descriptive account of the old stone crosses of Somerset. P. 112.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 22 July 1965.
  • <3> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE (HHR) Williton RD Somerset (March 1962) 77.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1972. 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <5> Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . DOE (HHR) West Somerset District (Exford et al) Somer (2 January 1986) 60.
  • <6> Article in serial: Anonymous. 1890. Selworthy Church. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Nat. 35. 20-21. pp 21.
  • <8> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 25/9/2002. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <9> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <10> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <11> Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Selworthy: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. 5, 6, 12.
  • <12> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015. Archaedia.
  • <13>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500. [Mapped feature: #41128 ]
  • <14> Photograph: Vowles, A.. 1900-1925. View looking past the east end of St John the Baptist's Church and the cross to Zeals house, taken form the south. B/W. Postcard.
  • <15> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 36787, Extant 10 May 2022.
  • <16> Report: Pratt, N.. 2017. Selworthy Conservation Area: appraisal document. Exmoor National Park Authority. p 6, 8, 33, 53, Figure 34.

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Other Statuses/References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (4A): 1076/26/107
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10740
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12035
  • Local Heritage List Status (Rejected)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 NW10
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 36787
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31237
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34859



Grid reference SS 9199 4679 (point) MasterMap
Map sheet SS94NW

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Nov 3 2022 2:34PM


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