Cross at St Piran's Oratory - Perranporth, Cornwall
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 50° 21.829 W 005° 08.389
30U E 347812 N 5581271
Quick Description: A large modern granite cross near to St Piran's Oratory, Perranporth.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/22/2018 10:59:52 AM
Waymark Code: WMZD19
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
Views: 1

Long Description:
On a footpath off the Coast Path - along the MOD boundary fence - is St Pirans Oratory (ruins) overlooked by this large modern Cross which lies within the Penhale Sands dune system, which includes the Penhale Army Training Estate to the north. It is the most extensive such habitat in Cornwall.

St Piran's Oratory is about 500ft to the north, dating from the 6th or 7th century. It believed to be one of the oldest Christian buildings on mainland Britain - over 1,300 years old.
It was eventually inundated by Sand and a new Church was built.
Excavated in 1835 ,1843 - Covered with a Concrete Structure 1910 to 1980 - Reburied in 1980 and finally re-excavated in 2014.
Type of cross: Latin cross

Material used: Stone (granite, sandstone, marble, ...)

Characteristics of this cross:
Large modern latin cross of granite

Describe the location:
located in the dunes of Penhale Sands about, 2km to the east of Perranporth

Is this cross commemorative ?: No

Year of manufacture: Not listed

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