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Listed Building record MDR5860 - Stone cross, St. Werburgh's churchyard, Blackwell

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  • (Saxon - 600 AD to 800 AD)

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SK 4440 5838. On the south or south-east side of the churchyard at Blackwell is a cross-shaft of Millstone Grit standing 4ft 8 ins high, 18ins by 13 ins at its base, tapering to 13ins by 11 ins. It is socketed into a massive base sunk in the ground and is probably in its original position. (1) Its four sides have interlaced ornament of late characteristics. The top is broken and has a socket or mortise presumably for a medieval or modern cross-head. (2) It has been dated as 7th-8th century (1) and 8th century (3) and classified as Anglo-Saxon (4)(5) and Danish (2). SK 4439 5839 Surveyed 24/05/1960. Description as authority 2, G.P.s. A0/60/113/7 Cross from S.W. A0/60/113/8 South face decoration. (6) The cross base is frost-shattered and the shaft lies prone by the remains. G.P. A0/66/171/8. By the porch of the 19th century church are a number of architectural fragments from the earlier church; one appears to be the remains of a medieval cross head. (7) The cross shaft is now [in 1969] leaning against the wall inside the church porch. (8) The monument is now kept inside the church porch and has been cemented to the floor. (10)

Sources/Archives (10)

  • <1> Article in serial: Stevenson, W. 1917. 'Blackwell, and its sculptured cross', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Vol. 39, pp 75-80, illust..
  • <2> Article in serial: Routh, T. 1937. 'A corpus of the pre-Conquest carved stones of Derbyshire', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 58, pp 1-46. p 19.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Allen, J R. 1905. 'Early Christian Art', Victoria County History, Vol. I. pp 281, 288.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Corr. 6" (G. T. Warwick, udtd.)..
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. 1953. The Buildings of England: Derbyshire, 1st edition. p 61.
  • <6> Personal Observation: F1 FDC 24-MAY-60.
  • <7> Personal Observation: F2 FRH 27-JUL-66.
  • <8> Personal Observation: D.R.Steel, Surveyor L.S. 19.3.69.
  • <9> Index: NDAT. 2132. 2132.
  • <10> Correspondence: Sidebottom, P. 1994. Letter regarding Anglo-Saxon stone monuments in Derbyshire, 15th February, 1994. Letter.



Grid reference SK 4440 5839 (point) Centre

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Jan 21 2024 11:03PM

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