Churchyard Cross at Ratley Church

Description of this historic site

A Medieval cross. It has a stepped base, an octagonal socket stone, an octagonal shaft, and part of the head showing a Crucifixion scene. Its condition is now poor. It stands in the churchyard of St Peter's Church, Ratley.

Notes about this historic site

1 Situated on N side of church. Head partly complete, showing Crucifixion on one side, and on the back (?). Original shaft and head set onto an octagonal socket stone with chamfered top edge with signs of carving. Shaft is octagonal until it enters socket stone, where it is square. Remains stand on three steps, octagonal in formation.
3 In the churchyard is a 15th century preaching cross 3.7m high with an octagonal shaft on a moulded base and two steps. It has a moulded capital and remains of a carving of the Crucifixion facing W and apparently our Lord in majesty facing E.
4 The three steps are now crumbling away and breaking up. The cross is in poor condition.
5 Scheduled in 1996. The churchyard cross at Ratley is a good example of a medieval standing cross with a stepped base and an octagonal shaft. It is believed to stand in its origianl position and has not been restored. Limited activity in the immediate area indicates that any archaeological deposits are likely to survive intact.

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