Wednesday, 18 February 2009

The Pilgrims' Cross, Nevern, Pembrokeshire

(Click photos to enlarge).

On the outskirts of the village and just a short walk uphill from St Brynach's Church is Nevern Castle, the site of a pre-Norman native Welsh stronghold. The path to the top is known as the Pilgrims' route, and passes a cross - also believed to be at least "pre-Norman" (if not dating from a whole lot earlier) - carved into the rock face of the hillside.

One theory has it that the cross is not carved into the rockface, as such, but into the stone of a bricked-up entrance to a cave. What is inside the cave? Well, that's a matter of some speculation...

In the next photo I asked my father to point out the cross, mainly to give an idea of scale.

Here is a close-up of the cross carving:

And closer still (below) we see that visitors have been pressing coins into the spaces in the rock face. This practice is quite worrying as it could damage the carving. But if you're short of a few pence with which to buy a packet of nuts in the local pub, then you know where to come.



Date visited: 13 February 2009

7 comments:

  1. That's where king arthur is sleeping, in full armour for the day of reckoning. I hope you didn't wake him up?

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  2. Perhaps you should also read THE HOLY KINGDOM by Alan WIlson. He states that this is as area of great significance and should not be lost to history. It is as if the Welsh people have been denied their ancestry and knowledge. I suggest you read the book to find out why this site is significant.

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  3. yes have read it Euge. several times now! very interesting. have visited some of the other key sites mentioned in the book and it sent shivers up my spine!

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  4. There is something else here, behind the cross. This place is more important than anyone realizes.

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  5. Guys, Alan Wilson is my Uncle. I know about the importance of this site.

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  6. Are their any book about it in English

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  7. Yes there are. Easy to get at Waterstones or on Amazon.

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