St Just in Penwith crosses

St Just IP 17This small cross which stands on the edge of the churchyard appears to have had a chequered history. It is thought to be C13 or C14 and was once the market cross and about 6ft high.

It was toppled over by some drunken miners who managed to break its shaft. It was then moved to the Vicarage but was later thrown into a well by later vicar. His successor rescued it and put it in the Vicarage rockery. From there, it was transported to the new cemetery but, clearly unhappy with being there, it disappeared and, in 1965, was finally moved to its present site, safe behind the churchyard wall.

There is a Latin cross on one side and a figure on the other.

Note the cross head lying bottom left

Note the cross head lying bottom left

It has a small companion, the Grouse cross, of which only the head remains, propped up against the northwest corner of the church porch.

This is thought to have been a wayside cross, standing on Grouse Hill between Nancherrow Bridge and Truthwall.

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