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Ancient and High Crosses of Cornwall
Cornwall's Earliest, Tallest and Finest Medieval Stone Crosses

By Ann Preston-Jones, Andrew Langdon and Elisabeth Okasha

Ancient and High Crosses of Cornwall
Paperback, 288 pages £19.99
Published: 2021
ISBN: 9781905816613
Format: 210mm x 148mm
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EPUB £19.99
Published: 2021
ISBN: 9781905816620
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Subjects: Cornish Studies, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies

An illustrated guide to one hundred of the finest early Cornish stone crosses, dating from around AD 900 to 1300. These characteristic features of the Cornish landscape are splendid examples of their type, exhibiting a wide geographical spread and a certain weather-beaten beauty.

The medieval stone crosses of Cornwall have long been objects of curiosity both for residents and visitors. This is the first ever accessible volume on the subject, combining detailed description and discussion of the crosses with information on access, colour images and suggestions for further reading. An approachable but academically rigorous work, it includes analysis of the decorative designs and sculptural techniques, accompanied by high-quality photographs which illustrate the subtleties of each cross, often hard to discern in situ.

Ancient and High Crosses of Cornwall offers an ideal introduction for the general reader but will also prove essential to local historians, landscape historians, archaeologists and anyone working in the area of Cornish studies or connected with the Cornish diaspora.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47788/NKIP4746




Historical overview

Inscriptions on the crosses

Cornish groups or schools of stone sculpture

Dating the monuments

Function of the crosses

Antiquarian study and restoration


Using this book to visit crosses

A note on photography


Catalogue of Crosses

Advent, Tresinney

St Allen

St Blazey, Biscovey
Blisland, St Pratt’s Cross
Bodmin, Carminow
St Breock, Whitecross
St Breward 1
St Breward 2
St Breward 3, Middle Moor Cross
St Buryan 1
St Buryan 2, Crows an Wra

Camborne 1, Fenton-Ia
Camborne 2, Gwealavellan
Cardinham 1
Cardinham 2
Cardinham 3, Treslea

St Cleer 1, Doniert Stone

St Cleer 2, Other Half Stone

St Cleer 3, Long Tom

St Cleer 4, Holy Well

St Clement

St Clether, Cross Gates

St Columb Major

Constantine 1, Trewardreva

Constantine 2, Trevease


St Dennis

Egloshayle 1, Pencarrow

Egloshayle 2, Three Hole Cross

Egloshayle 3, The Prior’s Cross

St Endellion, Long Cross

St Erth 1

St Erth 2

St Ewe, Lanhadron


Fowey, Tristan Stone

St Germans, Carracawn Cross


Gulval 1

Gulval 2

Gwinear 1, Connor Downs

Gwinear 2, Lanherne Cross

St Juliot

St Just-in-Penwith

St Kew 1, Job’s Cross

St Kew 2, Polrode Cross

Laneast 1

Laneast 2, Laneast Downs

Lanhydrock 1

Lanhydrock 2, Treffry

Lanivet 1

Lanivet 2

Lanivet 3, Lesquite

Lanlivery, Milltown

Lanteglos by Camelford 1

Lanteglos by Camelford 2



St Levan

Lostwithiel, Crewel Cross


Mabe, Helland

Madron 1, Boscathnoe

Madron 2, Boswarthen

Menheniot, Tencreek


St Michael’s Mount

Minster, Waterpit Down

St Minver, St Michael Porthilly

Mullion, Predannack


St Neot 1, 2

St Neot 3, Four Hole Cross

Padstow 1

Padstow 2

Padstow 3, Prideaux Place

Paul 1

Paul 2

Paul 3, Kerris, Carlankan

Pelynt, Trelay

Penzance, Market Cross

Perranzabuloe, St Piran’s Cross 203

Phillack 206

Quethiock 208

Roche 210

Sancreed 1 212

Sancreed 2 214

Sancreed 3, Brane 218

Sennen, Trevear 220

South Petherwin, Holyway Cross 222

Stithians, Tretheague 224

St Teath 226

Tintagel 1 229

Tintagel 2, Bossiney 232

Truro 234

Wendron 1 236

Wendron 2, Meruny 237

Wendron 3, Merther Uny 238

St Wenn, Crossy Ann


Parish Pages

St Allen
St Buryan
St Clether
Lanteglos by Camelford Lelant
St Neot






No one knows more about Cornwall’s early sculptured stones than the team behind this book. This handy guide is packed with up-to-date and reliable information to help residents and visitors alike to explore and enjoy this wonderful body of monuments, which tell us so much about society and culture in ancient Cornwall.

- Katherine Forsyth, Professor of Celtic Studies, University of Glasgow

Granite stone crosses are an iconic feature of the Cornish landscape. Every resident and visitor to Cornwall will want to have a copy of this book in their car, for a fascinating insight into their history and purpose, based on the authors’ own ground-breaking research. 
- Derek Craig, Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture project

Ann Preston-Jones has an extensive knowledge of the county’s archaeology, with over thirty years’ experience working for Historic England and Cornwall Archaeological Unit. Her experience is mostly in the care, conservation and management of those sites which make Cornwall special and she has a particular passion for sculptured stone monuments. 

Andrew Langdon has been recording and researching the stone crosses of Cornwall, as well as medieval ecclesiastical monuments more generally, throughout his lifetime, beginning when he was still at school. He has written extensively on the crosses and has much practical experience in their repair and restoration.  

Elisabeth Okasha spent most of her working life in University College Cork, retiring as professor emerita. Her research interests and publications are mainly in the area of early medieval inscriptions, covering those in Anglo-Saxon England, Cornwall, Pictland and Ireland.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 288 pages
 210mm x 148mm


BIC Code:
  ART026000, ART053000, REL003000, REL027000, REL070000, REL072000, REL108020, SOC003000
 University of Exeter Press


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