MSO9417 - Medieval churchyard cross in St George's Churchyard (Building)


A medieval churchyard cross in Dunster churchyard, comprising three circular steps, a worn socket and the stump of a shaft.

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Cross in Churchyard 20 metres west of church, Grade II, Church Street. Remains of 15th century stone cross. Stump with round shaft in octagonal socket on round base, three steps. [1] [SS 9899 4366] Cross [NR]. [2] Dunster churchyard cross, opposite the west door of the church, has three circular steps, a socket much worn and the stump of a shaft. It is late 13th century in date. [3] Dunster churchyard cross, probably early 13th century. [4] The cross is as illustrated by Pooley. [5] Additional bibliography. [7] Scheduled on 6 October 2003. [8] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 records the cross as in very good condition and at low risk. The 2002 Conservation Area Character Appraisal states "Elsewhere within the churchyard are the remains of a 15th century stone preaching cross. A stump of the round shaft survives, set in an octagonal socket on a round base with three steps." [9] Binding says of the cross, "the steps and stump of a cross in the churchyard at Dunster marks the place where preachers set up wooden crosses and spoke to the gathered crowds about Christ long before even the simplest church was built in the parish." [10] The Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment of 2009 gave the site a survival score of 0. [11] The building was visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 5A. [12] The site was surveyed in April 2015 as part of the 2015 Exmoor Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment. It was given a survival score of 6. [13] The cross is depicted on 2018 MasterMap data and labelled "Cross (remains of)". [14]

Sources/Archives (14)

  • <1> Index: 4/8/1983. Twenty-fifth List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. District of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1929. County Series, 3rd Edition 25 inch map. 1:25,000.
  • <3> Monograph: Pooley, C.. 1877. An historical and descriptive account of the old stone crosses of Somerset. P. 154.
  • <4> Article in serial: Gordon, A.. 1896. The Old Stone Crosses of Somersetshire. The Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist. 2. P. 139, Illustration.
  • <5> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 26 May 1965.
  • <6> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1972. 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <7> Monograph: Snell, F. J.. 1906. Memorials of Old Somerset. P. 122, 125.
  • <8> Unpublished document: English Heritage. 17/10/2003. English Heritage to Somerset County Council.
  • <9> Unpublished document: Fisher, J.. 2002. Dunster Conservation Area Character Appraisal. p22.
  • <10> Monograph: Binding, H.. Discovering Dunster. The Exmoor Press. p39.
  • <11> Report: Bray, L.S.. 2010. Scheduled Monument Condition Assessment 2009, Exmoor National Park.
  • <12> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
  • <13> Report: Gent, T. and Manning, P.. 2015. Exmoor National Park Scheduled Monument Condition Survey 2015.
  • <14>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #38435 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 9899 4366 (2m by 2m)
Map sheet SS94SE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (5A): 26/4/29
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12019
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12070
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE11
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36878
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34818
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34929

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Jan 7 2020 2:30PM


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