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Former Tenby Market Cross and well-chamber

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.6769 / 51°40'36"N

Longitude: -4.7046 / 4°42'16"W

OS Eastings: 213103

OS Northings: 201035

OS Grid: SN131010

Mapcode National: GBR GF.7H14

Mapcode Global: VH2PS.D3RT

Entry Name: Former Tenby Market Cross and well-chamber

Listing Date: 28 March 2002

Last Amended: 28 March 2002

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 26423

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Situated at the N end of the water garden in the centre of Merlins Gardens.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Tenby

Community: Tenby (Dinbych-y-pysgod)

Community: Tenby

Built-Up Area: Tenby

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Remains of the medieval Tenby market cross removed from the woolmarket near the St Mary's church. According to one source removed in about 1808 and moved to the grounds of the Rectory, where it was set up above a stone well-chamber with some re-used medieval stonework from elsewhere, as an ornamental feature to a water garden. According to another removed c1840 and kept in store until re-erected by Tenby Borough Council. The Rectory grounds were laid out before 1849, and the water-feature is marked on the 1849 map. Sold and redeveloped for housing in the later C20, the water garden is now the centrepiece of the Merlins Gardens housing development.


Medieval cross shaft mounted on front wall of a square rubble stone well-chamber incorporating re-used medieval arcading. The well-chamber has a narrow doorway to front the head rising into the centre bay of a band of reused late medieval arcading, possibly from a large window. Three cusped pointed heads and a half one each end. Above is a projecting coping of flat stones, and then a two-step parapet of rubble stone on which stands the cross itself. This has a square base, probably not medieval, and the sandstone shaft above. Shaft is octagonal 2.2 m high and 0.35m by 0.25 m at the base. The well-chamber behind has a slate gabled roof.


The well-chamber is tall and narrow with brick pointed vault.

Reasons for Listing

An ornamental C19 garden feature grade II* as incorporating the historic remains of the Tenby market cross. Scheduled Ancient Monument Cadw Ref 16/3544/ PE420 (PEM).

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