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Description: Copplestone Cross
Date Listed: 26 August 1965
English Heritage Building ID: 443618
OS Grid Reference: SS7706602604
OS Grid Coordinates: 277066, 102604
Latitude/Longitude: 50.8099, -3.7462
This building is also a scheduled monument.
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SS 70 SE CREDITON HAMLETS COPPLESTONE
2/98 Copplestone Cross
Boundary stone. C10. Granite. Tall granite shaft of rectangular section standing
3.25 metres high on C20 stone pedestal. Carved interlace ornament on each face.
The head is missing and top of south-east face mutilated by a smallniche cut
through the ornament. Each face is divided into 3 panels and each panel contains
various interlace patterns with exception of 2 north-east facing panels which
contain anthropomorphic representations; the centre panel apparently 2 embracing
figures and topmost is nearly obliterated figure on horseback. No two panels are
identical. Stone marks meeting place of 3 parishes, Crediton Hamlets, Down St.
Mary and Colebrooke. It was moved approximately 10 metres north of its original
site in 1969 for road improvements. The name Copplestone derives from "Copelan"
after the stone. It was first mentioned in a charter of 947 and may have been
erected as memorial to Bishop Putta who was murdered in 906 travelling between
Bishop's Taunton and Crediton. Anglo-Saxon decoration of this high quality is very
rare in South West. Scheduled Ancient Monument 116.
Source: Devon SMR
Listing NGR: SS7706602604
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Source: English Heritage
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