You may have admired the 1000 year old cross at Nevern and noticed that the top doesn’t fit on the bottom as it should.
The stone masons who created the cross were clearly competent and the stone is weather resistant enough to retain the lovely decoration; the mortise and tenon joint that secures the two halves of the cross has held so why doesn’t the top sit more snuggly on the bottom?
This leads me to speculate on how the crosses were constructed. Was there a production line communication problem, with the workers who cut the tops not checking with the others carving the main stems? Was there an assembly mix-up with the wrong top taken to the Nevern site, leaving another mismatched pair elsewhere?
The only other similar cross remaining in our part of Wales is the Carew Cross. Given its different design, it’s hard to tell if Nevern’s head would fit Carew’s tail. Does anyone have pictures or measurements that are accurate enough to settle this speculation?
John Hughes of Dinas took these photos. I know that he’d be interested to hear from anyone who has an answer to my question.