CONSECRATION CROSSES

Consecration Cross . St Andrew . Minterne . Dorset

Consecration Crosses are related to other non-dial church features and marks that are found on many of the churches with dials. These can be found on other pages and cover Apotropaic (Witch) Marks, Graffiti & Dates, Masons’ Marks, and Stone Patterns. At some stage I will add some explanations and comments about each. Some church exteriors contain other interesting features – for example stoups and piscinae (some moved from the interior) – that I may add in due course.

Consecration Cross . St Martin de Tours . Lillington . Dorset
Consecration Cross . St Nicholas . Nether Compton . Dorset
St Osmond . Melbury Osmond . Dorset – the single large Consecration Cross cut into Ham stone

YETMINSTER . DORSET . ST ANDREW

St Andrew . Holnest . Dorset – Consecration Cross, one of 14 (including several interior crosses)

St Mary Magdalene . Barwick . Som – Consecration Cross

LILLINGTON . DORSET

THORNFORD . DORSET

10 Consecration Crosses (of 14) ranging from badly eroded to clear cut

BHO Consecration Crosses: fourteen formy crosses in circles placed as follows— external, one on the E., N. and S. walls of the chancel, one on the N. and S. walls of the tower and three on the W. wall; internal, one on the N. and S. walls of the chancel, two on the S. wall of the nave, one on the N. wall of the porch and one on the S. wall of the tower

BEER HACKETT . DORSET

Three of a set of thirteen C15 consecration crosses in relief… re-set in various places on the external and internal walls BLB The internal cross in image 2 was behind a small mower, hence the angle

ST MARY . GREAT BEDWYN . WILTS

Ancient and Modern

St Mary . Great Bedwyn . Wilts – Consecration Cross

ST PETER AD VINCULA . BROAD HINTON . WILTS

St Peter ad Vincula . Broad Hinton . Wilts

YETMINSTER . DORSET . ST ANDREW

Two of the ten crosses. They date from C15, and these 2 eroded examples are on either side of the W doorway. They are more weathered than most of the others, and may be the oldest.