Village Crosses

It could be said that the traditional Dartmoor settlement is not complete without its cross, as these were often situated within the centre and were at the heart of the community. Parishioners would typically gather at this focal point so it could be stated that these crosses kept people together, especially at times of crisis. Included in this classification are also market crosses. On Dartefacts, a 'Village Cross' is defined as any cross residing within a hamlet, village or town (and outside of a churchyard). The Dartefacts team have compiled the list of crosses on this site primarily from the following references:

  • Bearne, G. and Daniel, M. (2000 onwards): Dartmoor Crosses - An amazing website devoted to the crosses of Dartmoor, with a wealth of information about each one.
  • Crossing, W. (1902): The Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor and its Borderland. James, G. Commin, Exeter.
  • Harrison, B. (2001): Dartmoor Stone Crosses. Devon Books.
  • Sandles, T. (1997): A Pilgrimage to Dartmoor Crosses. Forest Publishing.
  • Starkey, F.H. (1983, revised 1989): Dartmoor Crosses: And Some Ancient Tracks. A. Wheaton & Co. Ltd., Exeter.
  • Ormerod, G.W. (1874): London Evening Standard Newspaper: Wayside Crosses in the District Bordering the East of Dartmoor.

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