Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Mini History Blog: Wayside Crosses
Wayside crosses appeared in England between the ninth and fifteenth centuries, not only as a reminder to the traveller of their faith, but as a mark of reassurance as they journeyed in what must have been difficult terrain. Many fine examples can be found in the county of Cornwall.
There is a base of such a cross is still in existence just outside the boundary of my 3x great grandfathers farm at Trevemper. This particular cross demonstrates that this area was an important route the medieval traveller was using to reach the Collegiate Church of St Carantoc, founded in the mid thirteenth century by Bishop William Briwere.
The base of the Trevemper cross would be like the one pictured below. This cross can be found not far from Bodmin Cornwall.