Close to the entrance to the church at St Clement stands the Ignioc Stone, A detailed description of the scant information relating to this stone is here. Examination is persuasive that the top cross is considerably later. However the inscription is visible.
"VITALI FILI TORRICI" Vitalus son of Torricus
Thomas/1994, 244, caption to 15.7: `Note angle-bar A...and use of Demetian-originating horizontal I'.Thomas/1994, 245, notes that this is the only Dumnonian inscription that uses an angle-bar A in a Latin-name.(from the above website)
(I have used Wiki links to supplement the information above- The pictures are all mine of course)
There are some comments about the validity of the Latin in the above website. The stone is dated approx 500 AD. The Romans had left Britain then. There influence was huge - but it seems that the inscription had been largely Celtic.
|The Ignioc Stone|
First scheduled as a National Monument
22nd March 1932 when it stood in the
vicarage drive from which it was
moved and re-erected here 8
November 1938. Rescheduled January 1939
|The stone near the church|
|Just visible, the colour of the stone matches the church.|
|This path leads to beach. The whole aspect slopes down to the sea.|
The grounds are unkempt - but it seems right and proper.
There will be a blog page dedicated to the church, the inside is extremely interesting and steeped in history. This is one place that must be visited to feel the antiquity and history.