Crediton's Millennium Celebrations

Crediton is approximately 8 miles NW of the city of Exeter on the A377

Population approximately 6500

The new cross to celebrate the Millennium

Photographs S.G.Smith.

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On Sunday December the 19th 1999, the new Market Cross was erected on 'The Green' at Crediton and blessed by the Vicar of Crediton the Reverend Anthony Geering. The cross itself is 7'6" high standing on a die of 1'6" and carved from Cornish granite from the De Lank quarry at St. Breward, designed by Sarah Chanin of Crediton and made by Ernie Hillson, granite mason at Tynes quarry near St. Teath. The cross was paid for out of a special fund set aside by Crediton Town Council as a gift to the people of Crediton.

On Good Friday, 21st April 2000, the Vicar the Reverend Anthony Geering dedicated the cross, and asked that the cross should be a constant reminder to all those who pass by of Christ's triumph and glory and of the distinguished Christian witness of our town through the ages. He added 'May it ever remain a landmark, a milestone and sign post to reflect our individual and corporate journeys through life to that greater life to come'.

The remains of the original 15th century market cross

Photographs S.G.Smith.

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The remains of the 15th century market cross stands only yards away from the new cross. It is understood that it used to stand at the bottom of what is now known as St. Saviours Way, from where proclamations were made by the town crier.

(Information and extracts taken from the 'Crediton Country Courier' by kind permission of the editor Sue Read.)

Link to:- The Crediton Country Courier Newspaper

The Millennium Theatre

Photographs S.G.Smith.

An open air amphitheatre has been created near Crediton, with the first concert being held in September 2000. The Millennium Theatre has been built in Shobrooke Park near Crediton, with thanks to the owners Jack and Clare Shelley and the Crediton Drama Centre.

The project was funded with the help of a Millennium festival grant of £30,000.

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