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Archaeology, folklore & myth of Britain's pre-christian sites & heritage: stone circles, holy wells, maypoles, tombs, archaic cosmologies and human consciousness. Everyone welcome - even Southerners!



    Join date : 2011-02-10
    Age : 60
    Location : Nelson - the one in Lancashire sorry to say!


    Post  Sunbright57 on Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:05 am

    Os grid reference SE.137 214. Located in the village of Rastrick near Brighouse on Crowtrees Lane near Crowtrees Park. The stone slab is built into the garden wall at no 15 Crowtrees Lane. [Please respect the privacy of the people who live at this house].

    This stone is rather an oddity as no one knows what it is doing here. It stands some 4 feet high and is arched-shaped with an almost pointed top to it. It has a spiral carving close to the top and a thin line carving around the edges. It was apparently dug up from beneath the road when the new road was being constructed to allow trams to run in 1923; the stone was then placed in the wall for safety.

    Historians think it could date from the 10th-11th century and be Viking in origins and possibly the lower section or shaft of an old cross. The spiral motif is thought to be reminiscent to a bishop's crozier and is considered to mark an old ecclesiastical boundary. So could the stone be a boundary marker. The stone is grade II listed.

    Reference:- Malcolm Bull's Calderdale Companion.
    British Listed Buildings - History in Structure. Stone built into west face of wall to number 15, Brighouse. Brighouse Crowtrees Lane SE12 SW (east side).

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