The Mexico Cross, Phillack
A recent bout of hedge-
Described by Andrew Langdon in his book ‘Stone Crosses in West Cornwall’ as a wheel-
The monument is made from fine-
The cross dates from the late twelfth or early thirteenth century and may have been one of a number of a number of waymarks along an old pilgrims’ route. There is an ancient bank and ditch road across the Towans to Lelant Ferry which was probably laid down by the Saxons. This links the Ferry and the three churches of Gwithian, Phillack and Lelant to the Pilgrims’ Way to the Basilica of St James at Compostella in Spain. Small pilgrims’ tokens in the shape of St James’ cockleshell emblem have been found in the Sanctuary Fields behind Glebe Row. Here pilgrims could stay overnight on their way to and from Spain, and to other major centres of Pilgrimage such as Rome and Jerusalem.