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Cuddy's Cave (Doddington)

Cave / Rock Shelter


Question. Where have ye been to-day?
Answer. Where the devil hanged his grannie.

[The devil hanged his grannie on "the bowed rock on the brae," a hanging crag, on the slope of Doddington Hill, that faces Wooler. It is a cavernous rock - one of Cuddy's or St. Cuthbert's coves - and has cut on its sides a few Runic characters, and on its top some of those mysterious cup-markings, ascribed to the ancient Britons, which are so frequent on this hill. On the summit of the rock, which is of sandstone, the rain gathers into little circular pools, which, being whirled about by the wind and partly filled with sand, are becoming deeper and deeper. They empty themselves when full along many deep gutters, round the brow of the rock, that resemble hollows made by ropes fraying the softer parts of the stone [...] - History of Berwickshire Naturalists' Club, vii., p75. - J. H.]
From the Folklore Society's reprinting of the Denham Tracts, v1, 1892.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th November 2009ce
Edited 24th November 2009ce

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