Rooted in the Land – Ancient marks

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 097While there has long been an interest in the lives of our ancestors, until relatively recently that interest was largely limited to a small group of passionate antiquarians. Modern archaeological methods may be stringent in their cataloguing and recording, the work painstakingly slow, but all that was still to come and many sites were, with the best of motives and care, still almost destroyed.

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 083So it is not surprising that in the mid-1800s, when stone was required for building the fashionable spa town of Ilkley, depredations were made on the moors that may have eradicated unrecognised treasures. There are reports that the famous Cow and Calf rocks were once accompanied by a Bull that fell victim to the rising popularity of the town. The stone from the Bull may even have been used to build the Crescent Hotel. If true, I am inclined to be of the Northern Antiquarian’s…

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