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Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art

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Whitsunbank Fair-- is held on the top of Whitsunbank Hill, a considerable rising ground, five miles to the south-east of Wooler. There is no direct road to this site, but it is accessible by cross-roads from Wooler, Belford, and Whittingham. It is always held on Whitsun-Tuesday, about the latter end of May or beginning of June, a moveable period, regulated by Easter.

The cattle at this fair amounts generally to 1000 or 1200, almost all short horns; [...] Some years ago, the show of sheep at Whitsunbank used to be the greatest in the north of England [..] There is also a large show of horses at this market [..] This fair is also a hiring market for single or unmarried men and women servants. The large assemblage of healthy, clean, well-looking peasantry at this fair is a credit to this part of the country. Booths for the sale of every commodity which can attract the hard-earned wages of the preceding half-year, are here displayed in glittering allurement.
'Account of the Fairs in Scotland' p281 in J. Bath West + Southern Counties Soc 4th series vX (1835).

Whitsuntide was time for village festivals, or 'Whitsun Ales' across the country.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th October 2007ce
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Whitsunbank 2 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Whitsunbank 2</b>Posted by Hob Hob Posted by Hob
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Whitsunbank 3 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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18th May 2007ce

Whitsunbank 2 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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18th May 2007ce

Whitsunbank 2 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

The thing that struck me today about this site, is that it forms a point in a straight line across from Fowberry Mains to Coldmartin Lough. Also on the same line, to within a few metres, are Whitsunbank 3 and Fowberry cairn.

I've never been a great believer in Watkinsesque straight line stuff, but sometimes I do wonder. 4 points on a straight line. Would this be enough to discount random chance? Hmmm.
Hob Posted by Hob
8th May 2007ce

Whitsunbank 3 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Links

Whitsunbank 3 on BRAC


Hob Posted by Hob
8th May 2007ce

Whitsunbank 3 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

Who the heck found this one?!?!

It's underneath a boulder, with only about 2 inches clearance, so you can just see it.

You have to admire the thouroughness with which this area has been surveyed.

There is another carving here, but I was in a bit of a rush, so missed it this time. Pictures can be seen on the BRAC link below.

There's also what looks like a standing stone between the carved boulder and the trees.
Hob Posted by Hob
8th May 2007ce
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