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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!

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    THE PUZZLE STONE at Nether Silton, North Yorkshire.


    Join date : 2011-02-10
    Age : 65
    Location : Nelson - the one in Lancashire sorry to say!

    THE PUZZLE STONE at Nether Silton, North Yorkshire. Empty THE PUZZLE STONE at Nether Silton, North Yorkshire.

    Post  Sunbright57 Mon Apr 11, 2011 2:56 pm

    Os grid reference SE.456 922. I suppose this just scrapes in here as being a myth or legend. The puzzle stone is to be found at the back of the village church in Nether Silton 5 miles east of Northallerton and 1 mile east of the A19 - at the western edge of the Cleveland Hills, in north Yorkshire. The church is to be found along Lead Lane, so go around to the back of the church and into a field; in the middle of the field the stone stands with it's strange, puzzling inscription.

    The square-shaped stone or slab is some 6 feet high and on the face is carved, in six lines, a curious inscription in capital letters - the fifth line, a line of initial letters, along with a date. It apparently marks the site of a medieval manor house which has now gone. When the building was demolished or burnt down the squire Mr Hickes decided to leave a lasting memorial here. So he had the stone erected with what is referred to as a "mnemonic" inscription.

    HTGOMHS - "Here the grand manor house stood;
    TBBWOTGWWG - the black beams were oak, the great walls were good;
    TWOTEWAHH - the walls of the east wing are hidden here;
    ATCLABWHEY - a thatched cottage like a barn was here erected year
    AD1765 - Ano Domini 1765;
    AWPSAYAA - a wide porch spans a yard and alcove."

    All in all a very curious thing, perhaps the only puzzle stone to be found in England, though I have no doubt that there may be others hidden away somewhere ?

    Join date : 2011-05-29
    Location : Earby used to be in Yorkshire

    THE PUZZLE STONE at Nether Silton, North Yorkshire. Empty have you been

    Post  QDanT Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:05 pm

    have you been ? if not what's you source ?
    if I go and it's still there ? and I add some photo's no doubt you'll then add some to the first post !

    see:- POLE STOOP STANDING STONE or HANGING STONE Posted by Sunbright57 on Wed Feb 16, 2011 (with no photo's)

    I added 11 photo's :- Pole Stoop Posted QDanT on Fri Jun 10, 2011 (that's 4 months later)

    you then add photo's :- Last edited by Sunbright57 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 edited 5 times in total
    Last edited by Sunbright57 on Fri Jun 10, 2011 edited 4 times in total

    and any one reading is not going to check the edits so you first post certainly looks fuller !

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