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Carew Cross - Pembrokeshire

This 11th century Christian monument is considered to be one of the three finest Celtic crosses in Wales. Another is the Nevern Cross, also in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The cross can be dated from a Latin inscription half-way down one side. This reads MARGITEUT REX ETG(UIN) FILIUS which translates as ôKing Maredudd, son of Edwin.

In 1033 Maredudd became joint ruler with his brother of Deheubarth, the Celtic kingdom of south-west Wales, but was killed in battle two years later. The Carew Cross must be his royal memorial.

The cross is 4 metres (13 feet) high and was built in two separate pieces. The top section, with a typically Celtic wheel-shaped cross and a short neck, fitted into the lower shaft. The stone is incised with elaborate patterns which are predominantly Celtic in style but also reflect Scandinavian influence.

This decorated cross provided the inspiration for the logo of Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments.

Also see nearby Carew Castle and Tidal Mill

Planning Grid


Carew Cross

Grid Reference

SN 047038

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Getting there:

Off the A40 take the A477 to Pembroke Dock. Off this road the the A4075 to Carew. Within the grounds of Carew Castle.


From Castle Lane off the A4075 at Carew


A large car park nearby.


Picnic site and recreation area over look the castle and 23 acre mill pond.

Things To Do, See and Photograph:

Highly decorated Carew Cross. A view of it is possible with Carew Castle in the background.

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