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Battlestone (Humbleton)

Standing Stone / Menhir


Here's what Stan Beckensall has to say about the stone.

"At Homildon Hill, below the Cheviots, on the way to Coldstream from Wooler is the site of a lesser battle in 1402 between the old enemies Percy and Douglas, traditionally marked by a standing stone to the east of the road that in fact marks the site of a prehistoric burial.
Shakespear begins the first part of Henry IV with this battle where the protagonists 'did spend a sad and bloody hour'."

Taken from
Northumberland, The Power of Place
Stan Beckensall
Tempus Books
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
9th April 2003ce
Edited 9th April 2003ce

Comments (1)

I took a new photo of this the other day. You can see it at:

Incidentally the nearest town is Wooler - 2 miles away. Coldstream is a good 12 miles away.
Posted by border-glider
15th March 2008ce
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