Derwen Churchyard Cross
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: A finely decorated bit of late medieval craftsmanship
The shaft is decorated with raised carvings of foliage and crowned heads. The ornate cross head is missing its top but is still an impressive sight.
The south face depicts the Virgin and Child, the north face shows St Michael with a sword and scales for weighing souls. The east face, on the side nearest the church, shows the Coronation of the Virgin, and a Crucifixion scene is on the west face.
The overall effect is a combination of simplicity and wonderful medieval style, a testament to the skill of medieval craftsmen. Access to the Derwen cross is a bit dodgy; Derwen is located well up the steep-sided Clwyd valley, and the roads leading to the village can charitably be described as narrow and winding. But my goodness, what a view!
Please take the time to explore the church itself, a wonderful old building with a medieval rood screen.
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About Derwen Churchyard Cross
Address: Derwen, Denbighshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On a minor road from B5105 or A494 south of Ruthin
Website: Derwen Churchyard Cross
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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