Wayside crosses were commonly erected in medieval times as a form of Christian marker or shrine along roads or paths that connected villages, towns, and religious sites. They were often used as resting places and points of pilgrimage for travelers and locals alike. The old wayside cross in Tregoodwell, Camelford, is a historical monument that dates back to the medieval period.
The Wayside Cross at Tregoodwell was removed from its original location in the 19th century and placed in Lanteglos by Camelford parish church. In 2012, the cross-head was restored and returned to its original location, near the junction where the Roughtor Road and Higher Cross Lane converge.
The Tregoodwell wayside cross is made of granite and stands approximately 5-6 feet high, estimated by the looking at it on Google Street View. It is believed to date back to the 15th or 16th century, although its exact age is unknown. The cross has a simple design with a Latin cross on top of a short shaft.
Although the cross is now a historical monument, it still holds religious significance for many people in the local community. The cross is a reminder of the area's rich cultural heritage and serves as a symbol of the Christian faith that has been a part of the region for centuries.
The wayside cross was discovered in 1891 during the removal of a section of a hedge at Tregoodwell Farm. The cross was reportedly found lying on the boundary stone, partially buried in the ground. The cross was removed and erected at St. Julitta's, Lanteglos by Camelford, churchyard. The cross was moved from St. Julitta's churchyard to Tregoodwell in 2012 due to concerns about its deteriorating condition and the need for restoration work. It now can be found at the side of the road opposite the entrance to a field, and next to a small stone wall at Tregoodwell, Camelford.
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