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Sandy Lane Standing Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Sandy Lane Standing Stone</b>Posted by fitzcoraldoImage © fitzcoraldo
Nearest Town:Marske (3km NNW)
OS Ref (GB):   NZ622195 / Sheet: 94
Latitude:54° 33' 59.99" N
Longitude:   1° 2' 16.37" W

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I've walked past this stone loads of times and always assumed it was a redundant gatepost, because of this I've never really looked at it. Then I read Tees Archaeology's survey of the Upleatham Hills and found it listed as a standing gum! they're right - of course.
The stone stands on the hollow way known as Sandy Lane. As the report says it's in front of the wall and has no obvious traces of being used as a gatepost apart from the fact that there's a gate just by it.
It's lovely to find this stuff on your own doorstep and just shows how you can't take anything for granted
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
4th December 2003ce


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SMR No.3292 Standing Stone
This is a standing stone beside a gate on Sandy lane. The stone is marked on the O.S. map of 1893 and stands 80cm high, 30cm wide and 30cm deep. The stone is narrow at the top, but wider at the bottom where it is 50cm wide and deep. The stone is in front of and probably supporting a low wall. The gate across Sandy Lane may have fastened to the stone. The standing stone has slight V-shaped grooves on the path side, but there are no traces of how a gate would be suspended from the stone. The stone is in fair condition.

An Archaeological Survey of the Upleatham Hills.
Peter Rowe & Stephen J. Sherlock
October 1999
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
4th December 2003ce
Edited 4th December 2003ce