Churchyard Cross in St Michael's Churchyard, Porthilly
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County Council (Unitary)
St Minver Lowlands
SR937937 (193687, 75355)
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A medieval churchyard cross situated to the south of the church in the churchyard of St Michael, Porthilly. It is visible as an upright granite shaft with a round or 'wheel' head, The cross measures 0.96 metres in overall height. The head is 0.85 metres wide and 0.28 metres thick. The head is fully pierced by four holes creating an equal limbed cross with widely expanded ends to the limbs, linked by an outer ring. The ends of the limbs extend slightly beyond the edge of the ring. The irregularly shaped holes have been worked from both faces creating a wide hole with the centre pierced through. There is a narrow bead around the outer edge of the head on both principal faces. The shaft also has a wide bead on all four corners. Recent studies of four holed crosses have dated them to the tenth century. Both this and the interlace decoration on the shaft suggest that this cross is also of tenth century date. This cross is Scheduled and Listed Grade II.
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