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Early Medieval (Dark Age)Site Name: Llanveyno Crosses Alternative Name: St Beuno's Cross, Llanveyno Crosses, Llanveynoe Cross; St Peter's Church
Country: England County: Herefordshire Type: Ancient Cross
Nearest Town: Hay On Wye  Nearest Village: Llanveyno (Llanveynoe)
Map Ref: SO3031131361
Latitude: 51.976326N  Longitude: 3.015984W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
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3 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
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5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
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Llanveyno Crosses
Llanveyno Crosses submitted by Sunny100 : Llanveyno Crosses, Herefordshire, at SO.303314. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Ancient Cross in Herefordshire. Llanveyno Crosses in Herefordshire, at SO.303314. The little church of St Beuno above the Olchon Valley, near Longtown, on the Herefordshire/Monmouthshire border is one of those out of the way churches. But it is a little gem. Within can be found two early Christian stones built into the wall.

One of these shaped stones shows a crucifixion scene with Christ wearing a tunic. His arms stretched outwards on the cross and his feet are in a standing position. His head leans to one side. Also on this stone there are some small round holes or cup-marks. So it could be a pagan stone that has been Christianised. The other stone, next to it, has half an incised cross and some letters carved onto it, perhaps part of an inscription. The carvings may date from the 6th or 7th century.

In the churchyard there is a short-armed thin cross some 5 foot high. It is probably Celtic in origin and pre-Conquest. A groove runs down the cross, as if it has been used as a water channel in more recent times. This cross was found in the 1870s and put back into the churchyard. St Beuno lived here in the early 7th century and may have founded a small monastery. He later went N and built 10 more churches in north Wales - his best known being Clynnog Fawr. He died there in 640 AD.

The church is also known as St Peter's and the crosses are scheduled as Historic England List ID 1078174 (cross approx. 5m south of the church) and List ID 1078173 (the church and two panels inset into the south wall of the nave). Pastscape Monument No. 105937 gives further details, including a further fragments which can be found inside the church.

The Journal of Antiquities also features a page for these crosses - see their entry for St Beuno’s Church, Llanveynoe, Herefordshire, which includes photographs of two of the carved stones, background information about the church and information about St Beuno.
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Llanveyno Crosses
Llanveyno Crosses submitted by jfarrar : Llanveyno Cross, believed to be 10th century. Found buried in 1870 nearby and brought to the church for safe keeping. Groove thought to be a libation channel. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Llanveyno Crosses
Llanveyno Crosses submitted by Sunny100 : Llanveyno Crosses, Herefordshire, at SO.303314. Detailed illustration of the thin short-armed pre-Conquest cross standing at five and half feet tall in the churchyard of St Beuno's Church. It has a water channel running down the centre. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Llanveyno Crosses
Llanveyno Crosses submitted by Sunny100 : Llanveyno Crosses, Herefordshire, at SO.303314. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Nearby Images from Geograph Britain and Ireland:
SO3031 : The church of St. Beuno & St. Peter, Llanveynoe by Jeremy Bolwell
by Jeremy Bolwell
SO3031 : NE side of the village church, Llanveynoe by Jaggery
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SO3031 : St Beuno and St Pater, Llanveynoe by Philip Pankhurst
by Philip Pankhurst
SO3031 : Pre Norman Cross in Llanveynoe Churchyard by paul wood
by paul wood
SO3031 : Churchyard headstones, Llanveynoe, Herefordshire by Jaggery
by Jaggery

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