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    THE RUDSTOOP STONE near Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire.

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    Sunbright57

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    THE RUDSTOOP STONE near Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire.

    Post  Sunbright57 on Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:53 am

    Os grid reference SD.993237. The Rudstoop Stone is located about 2 miles north-west of Cragg Vale on the southern flank of Bell House Moor, near Hebden Bridge. The stone now lies embedded into the ground in the corner of a field by a country lane just a little north of Cragg Road and Stony Royd house/farm.

    This hefty lump of stone originally stood up-right, but now sadly it lies on the ground embedded into the soil and grass upon a small mound. It measures between 8-9 feet in length, 7 ft 8' wide and 4 ft 9' at the base where it tapers off. Part of this very solid lump of millstone grit has now broken away - possibly through vandalism or local quarrying activities. It has always been referred to as a "standing stone" indeed it stands in a place called 'Standing Stone Field' which may also indicate the presence of other ancient monaliths, and there are one or two scattered about close-by. There may, even, have been a stone row hereabouts, though this has long since disappeared.

    To all intense and purposes, the stone could be prehistoric in date - though the fact that it is called a "stoop" might indicate it to be more recent in date perhaps a waymarker - unfortunately we just don't know.

    The recumbant monalith has been referred to in the past as 'the Rudd Stone' or even 'the Rude Stone' perhaps indicative of it being crudely made and shaped. It is said to be on an alignment, of sorts, with The Two Lads cairns, on Turley Holes and Higher House Moor to the south-west.

    Sources of Information:-

    Leyland F.A. - History of Halifax 1867.


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    Paulus

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    Re: THE RUDSTOOP STONE near Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire.

    Post  Paulus on Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:22 pm

    Hi Ray!

    Me & Dave were up near here t'other week and would have paid the old stone a visit if the daylight hours would've allowed. It's quite a big thing and I've long thought of a bunch of us gerrin some rope and pulling the old fella back upright. It'd take a few of us though, mebbe 6 or 7 to do the job right! Cos of it's size, it should look damn good resurrected. Due east-ish, a few hudnred yards along, we have the weird Brimham-rocks-style upright with cup-marks on it. It's OK to climb on top & have a gander if the old farmer's there - but beware if it's his son, cos "he's a bittova miserable bastard!" (as his dad put it!) We could do with a foray up here in the next few weeks...

    atb - Paul Cool
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    The Rudstoop stone

    Post  Sunbright57 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:03 pm

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    Re: THE RUDSTOOP STONE near Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire.

    Post  Paulus on Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:35 pm

    Hi Ray -

    Sunbright57 wrote:...I think its best to leave it as it is - lying down. Its very heavy. You would need to get permission to do so.

    Yeahhh...it had crossed mi mind. I don't think the archaeo's have it registered though, so - errr... no we'll leave it. It is a big bugger!

    Sunbright57 wrote:No sign of my pics on with the Pole Stoop stone yet, I keep looking to see.

    Looks like they were added earlier Ray. If you've anymore you need adding, send them on & they'll get pasted up - a bit quicker next time I hope! Rolling Eyes

    Sunbright57 wrote:Are you the son of the famous archeologist Mr Bennett ?

    Not sure who you mean Ray. But no - mi dad's a builder, still, somehow.

    atb - Paul
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    The Rudestoop Stone

    Post  Sunbright57 on Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:06 am

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    Re: THE RUDSTOOP STONE near Cragg Vale, West Yorkshire.

    Post  Paulus on Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:41 pm

    Just added its profile to TNA, here:

    http://megalithix.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/rudstoop-monolith/

    I still aint managed to get back up & get a photo of the place, but'll get round to it sometime...god knows when!
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