Ancient Crosses in the Churchyard



In the photo above you can see many of the Crosses now situated in the Church Yard, the red standard bush and the yellow sign were only tempoary there for the Flower Festival. You can view the Festival photos via this link.


The tallest of the crosses with the damaged top is the "Saint Neot" cross thought to have been given by Prince Alfred (later to become King Alfred) who visited the Saint Neot here. Read the page on this website about him via this link. The cross has been verified by Saxon experts as being contempoary with the era. Most of the other crosses are modern, some being medieval and others later in the 16th century.



The image above shows the typical design work used at the time to decorate saxon crosses. I'm sure both Alfred and Saint Neot would have forgiven me for removing the power and telephone lines that were in the original photos!



The Lantern Cross above has been used as a war memorial to honour the soldiers and sailors from the village who died from fighting in the first world war (1914-1918). The two metal spherical balls at its base are considered by some to be “chain shoot”. This much travelled cross has been situated in many different places in its life, Trewarne Manor, Luxulyan, Helston and St Neot. It is cut from Cataclews Greenstone. It possibly dates from the 15th century.




Below this image is the picture of the small head of an old cross, all that is left of it. Many shafts were used as supports for farm gates! These crosses were removed from their original sites by the Rev Grylls in the 19th century so unfortunately we don’t know where they came from as no records (if they were kept) remain.


Two of the three (above and below) are Incised Latin crosses, they are Wayside crosses that once marked a Pilgrim’s Way or route to an Abbey. They are Medieval, i.e. 10th century onwards.




 Below is a view of the crosses seen when looking out of the Church Porch door.