OK, Who has Nicked the Owl Stone?

On the trail of ancient sites with smackedpentax. Stuart and Sue would smile at the ‘missing stone’ reference, as this happens to them, often!

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

One of the joys of living in England is that there is history everywhere. Even a simple field can contain lots of clues – if you know where to look.

The crossroads on the moor - left leads to Asquith and Ilkley, right to Snowden (where an unexcavated Neolithic settlement is), and straight on leads to Blubberhouses and Nidderdale. The crossroads on the moor – left leads to Asquith and Ilkley, right to Snowden (where an unexcavated Neolithic settlement is), and straight on leads to Blubberhouses and Nidderdale.

Literally a 2 minute drive from my house you come to the crossroads on the moor road. And a field on the left contains lots of amazing things to see.

The fabled 'Owl Stone' - a prehistoric carving..long since gone The fabled ‘Owl Stone’  – (photo by  QDanT and ‘the Bear’).

I have driven past this field thousands of times and until a few months ago, like most people, I had no idea what was in it.

A ruined grouse butt, with a boundary stone in the distance A ruined grouse butt, with a boundary stone in the distance

This day I was with two friends and we were hoping to find the…

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  1. Sue Vincent says:

    …but it is always the same stone that’s missing… ad the odd stone circle… 😉

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  2. The Lost stone of Chat aka… the Robin Hood Stone aka… the Hud Stone… Don has various theories about this ‘fellow’ and quite how ‘he’ manages to be so elusive and of course we did mislay a mound over the course of the recent ‘Solstice Weekend’, however I have no recollection of ‘losing’ a stone circle, Uh Oh… I know the one you mean… Park Gate… except that was there, only covered by bracken… circles can become a little shy when the bracken is out…

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  3. Ali Isaac says:

    What a wonderful place, and such stunning photography! I am always amazed at how these places hide in such plain view, and people constantly passing by have no idea… or don’t care. As for that elusive stone, and missing mound, I can think of a few places over here in Ireland like that! All will be revealed when the time is right, I guess…

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