100 Objects 31: Carved stone at St. Petrock’s Church

Close inspection of the south west buttress of the church tower will reveal this beautifully carved but damaged stone set into the corner. It is carefully positioned to reveal two faces, one carved with a quatrefoil ( four leaves) and to the rear a saltire (diagonal cross). One side face is blank and the other concealed in the fabric of the tower. It was originally placed elsewhere, probably in the churchyard at St Petrock and then re-used in the tower. Until we can examine the stone properly, which would mean demolishing the tower, we may never know its original function but currently the best interpretation is that it’s the base or plinth for a medieval cross.

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