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Summerbridge standing stones?
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Whilst driving back home last Sunday after scouting out a walk in Nidderdale for NEWalks, I grabbed a few pics of a stone near Summerbridge that had been bugging me for a while. I've driven past several times and seen it in a field, but never had a camera on me before.

I couldn't find any reference to it on TMA or the Megalithic Portal, or Pastscape, or the MAGIC map, or the ADS Archsearch website!
So, this time me and a mate pulled over and I took a few pics. Here's a pic from the roadside, using my meagre 55mm zoom lens;-[...]rtrash/SummerbridgeStones1.jpg

The stone is behind a timber yard, on the road into Summerbridge from Lofthouse.

We noticed a public right-of-way running through the wood behind it, so we legged it up there and wandered through the woods to get a bit closer:-[...]rtrash/SummerbridgeStones3.jpg

It looks like it's just balanced on the smaller stones at it's base, but 'in the field' those stones seem to be incidental. From what I can recall, the stone is firmly planted in the ground, though I didn't go into the field to check (next time!).

We also noticed two more stones that were now part of the nearby drystone wall:-[...]rtrash/SummerbridgeStones4.jpg[...]rtrash/SummerbridgeStones2.jpg

The main stone in the field reminded me a little of the Hartwith Moor stone, which is not too far away:-

Does anyone know anything about these stones? I thought I saw them mentioned on a website within the last couple of years, but can't recall where!

Or does anyone have any opinion as to their provenance? Do they look like they might be 'ancient' even?

Thanks in advance for your time!


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David Raven
Posted by David Raven
6th March 2008ce

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