Stumbled upon a pleasant little discovery whilst out on the bike the other day. Limited technological abilities mean that I've been unable to post the images I took, so a description will have to suffice for now:
I was at the intersection of two bridleways close to a place called High Cayton, which is a mile or two north of the village of Ripley, near Harrogate. I was at a point very close to the known site of a medieval village (Cayton), when I decided to stop for a quick map-check.
Had I not done so, I would not have spotted the old fallen boundary stone laying in the grass, as I dismounted the bike. Nothing particularly unusual in itself, but immediately obvious upon it's upward-facing surface at one end of the stone, was what seems to be quite a fine example of a cup and ring carving. A cup with three concentric rings to be more precise, with a groove linking the cup to the first/smallest ring.
I've seen quite a few examples of cup and ring carvings now, and this one seems to be really nicely preserved and very clear - I was able to spot it straight away. It does look weathered enough to be a genuine example, (albeit probably removed from it's original setting at some point in more recent history when incorporated into the boundary stone) rather than a more modern imitation though, in my humble opinion.
The whole carving is about a foot or slightly more in diameter, but I didn't have any means of measuring it accurately. I took a few phone pics and continued on my way.
On later investigation, I was surprised to find that there seems to be little or no documentation of the carving when researching online. It's not on the O.S map, and I don't remember seeing it in the Boughey & Vickerman guide when I read it. The O.S does, however, detail a couple of disused quarries close by - perhaps the carving was originally located at one of these spots, on some outcrop which was then subject to quarrying?
I thought I'd post on here to see if anyone else has come across it (I'm sure that will be the case, as it's such a clear example, and very easy to find as it's laying right next to the bridleway junction). At any rate, it's rather a nice example to look at, in a pleasant setting, so it's probably worth a visit if in the vicinity. I imagine it would be less than an hour's walk from Ripley village if on foot.
The approximate grid ref is SE284632
If anyone is able to provide an idiot's guide to posting images, I will gladly try!
Last edited by Rob N on Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:10 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Typo)