The CHURCHYARD CROSS

churchyard cross

The remains of the 15th Century Ham Stone churchyard cross is on the north side of the church. The first churchyard cross was erected to mark the spot on which the church was to be built. There would have been an earlier cross but the base of the present remains of the cross contain shields and monuments in memory of the Jacobs, Ludlow, Bailey, Woodley, Chorley and Honniball families.

In Charles Pooley's book ‘An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Old Stone Crosses of Somerset’ published in 1877 he stated;

Only two parts are left of this once beautiful churchyard cross, the base, which has a deep drip and a slayed set-off, and the square ornamental socket, which is set on a square plinth worked by chamfers from an octagonal bed. Each of the four sides is decorated with a shield, sculptured in relief in an oblong sunk panel, having a small recessed panel on each side. I have met no cross exactly similar to this. While the octagonal base is late 14th century, the socket exhibits characteristics of the late 15th century.