Longstone Cross (Long Tom)
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
How old is it?The short answer is that no one knows. It may have originated before the Norman Conquest or as recently as the 15th century. There is simply no way of telling.
The cross head is decorated with an incised carving of a cross on the north and south faces. The south face is much better preserved. . Two faces of the shaft are carved with a plain rectangular panel. At the base of the cross are large stone slabs with were originally used to keep the cross upright.
Was the Longstone Cross originally a pagan site?There are a few curious things about the cross. It sees to be aligned with the 3 stone circles of The Hurlers and the barrow at Rillaton. It is also possible that the cross was a solitary standing stone, part of the larger ceremonial landscape, which was carved with a cross head during the spread of Christianity to this area. It was common practice for early Christians to adapt existing ritual sites to their new religion. Could the stone have been an existing pagan standing stone adapted to Christian symbolism?
Wayside CrossesBodmin Moor is a treasure trove of ancient sites, from burial mounds to stone circles. In addition to the prehistoric remains there are quite a few early Christian crosses, with most dating between the 9th and 15th centuries. Wayside crosses serve a dual purpose; they were a gathering place for preaching the Christian message, but also served as waymarkers; signposts in a landscape that could be treacherous and difficult to navigate.
Wayside crosses might mark tracks between villages, paths to religious sites, or routes for ceremonial routes like funeral processions.
Thirty five crosses have been found on Bodmin Moor, and of these, 21 are wayside crosses.
The cross stands on the road running through Minions, toward Redgate. On the north eastern edge of the village is The Hurlers stone circle, and footpaths lead to the Cheesewring rock formations. There is no parking area by the stone, but it is easy enough to pull off onto the verge.
About Longstone Cross
Address: Minions, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Prehistoric Site
Location: On a minor road between Minions and Redgate, 1km southwest of The Hurlers stone circle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
The Hurlers Stone Circles - 0.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Trethevy Quoit - 1.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Cheesewring - 1.2 miles (Countryside)
King Doniert's Stone - 1.6 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Golitha Falls - 2.3 miles (Countryside)
Ken-Caro Garden - 3.7 miles (Garden)
St Neot Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Jamaica Inn Smugglers Museum - 5.9 miles (Museum)
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