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    Stone in Marsden Park, Marsden, West Yorkshire

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    Sunbright57

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    Stone in Marsden Park, Marsden, West Yorkshire

    Post  Sunbright57 on Tue May 24, 2011 1:54 pm

    Os grid reference SE.0512011485. The village of Marsden is located about 8 miles south-west of Huddersfield on the A62. The stone is located close to the bandstand in Marsden Park, Carrs Road, at the south-side of the village of Marsden.

    This curious stone stands at the base of a monument that was set up in 1911 to commemorate the dialect poet Samuel Laycock (1826-1893). On the stone there are carvings in low relief of a garland or crown of oak leaves, acorns and other flowers. The stems of the foliage are interlinking around the edges and elsewhere on the stone. Near the bottom is the top part (head) of a figure that has sunrays radiating from the head, similar perhaps to the halo of a saint. In folklore oak leaves and acorns are often associated with Celtic saints in Wales and Ireland, so could the figure be a Celtic saint, or else a sun god ?

    Local historians consider the carvings on the stone to be Celtic in origins, but I cannot be certain about that, nor do I know the age of the stone. Did this stone come from a church somewhere close by; it was apparently found somewhere in the vicinity but, where, we do not know. Anybody out there know anything about this strange, curious stone, please add a comment.

    The following photo is by courtesy and permission of Mr Richard L.Dixon of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire.

    Photo copyright © Richard L.Dixon 2011
















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    lowergate

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    Re: Stone in Marsden Park, Marsden, West Yorkshire

    Post  lowergate on Wed May 25, 2011 11:17 am

    Hi Ray,

    Interesting find. From the design (not Celtic) I would place it no later than c.1600, poss' earlier c.1400 & from a church.

    Only my opinion

    Thanks for the post - keep them coming

    john
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    Paulus

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    Re: Stone in Marsden Park, Marsden, West Yorkshire

    Post  Paulus on Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:57 am

    Hi Ray!

    I like the look of this. I'd agree with John on this one: it looks around 14th century - and could it have been a cross-head?

    ttfn - Paul
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    QDanT

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    Post  QDanT on Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:50 am

    Hi Ray asked me to post this :-

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    Stone in Marsden Park, Marsden, west Yorkshire.

    Post  Sunbright57 on Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:36 am

    Thanks Danny, how you managed that some secret to tell. It's by trial and error that I find things out on my pc, but reading the instructions is the best way ! Cheers. Ray sunny
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    Re: Stone in Marsden Park, Marsden, West Yorkshire

    Post  QDanT on Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:36 am

    Sunbright57 wrote:Thanks Danny, how you managed that some secret to tell. It's by trial and error that I find things out on my pc, but reading the instructions is the best way ! Cheers. Ray sunny
    No ! you need a little shrunken Bill Gates head on a stick and grass tied round your ankles, and a funny dance ! Evil or Very Mad


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