Cornish Cross Explorers – Cardinham and Lanivet

Ref: C3528153

This visit will focus on stone crosses and related sculpture in the churchyards of Cardinham and Lanivet. Students will have the opportunity to examine and consider some of the best churchyard crosses in the area. Their historical context, dating, function, decoration and management will be discussed.

Additional information about this course

meeting place: Cardinham Church. This is an outdoor visit and therefore students need to dress according to the weather forecast, with good walking shoes or boots. Bring a folding chair or shooting stick (if required). Camera, Notebook and pen/pencil.

Course aim

Building on classroom learning, this visit is to give students the opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience with examining stone crosses in the field, identifying decoration and ornament on them, appreciating their context, observing their condition, and identifying damage or repairs.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Each cross will be examined by the group with the tutor and assessed. We will look at its present location and context, its decoration, probable age, function and condition.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1 Identify the different types of Cornish cross. 2 Discuss the various reasons why crosses were set up. 3 Name and appreciate the many forms of ornament and decoration on the monuments. 4 List the chronology of these crosses. 5 Explain the need for legal protection, repair and restoration.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through discussion with the tutor, group discussions and feedback.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

There are no toilets at Cardinham.

Reading and information sources

There is no prior reading required but the books listed below offer useful background information: Langdon, Arthur G. 1896. Old Cornish Crosses, Joseph Pollard, Truro. Langdon, Andrew G. 1992-2005 Stone Crosses in Cornwall Federation of Old Cornwall Society Series of booklets Preston-Jones, A. and Okasha, E. 2013 Early Cornish Sculpture, The British Academy.

What could the course lead to?

Other similar level WEA courses; it will also inform and enhance walks in Cornwall and visits to churches.

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Cornish Cross Explorers – Cardinham and Lanivet Course Outline


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