Medieval boundary stone, 220m SSE of Callaly Crag


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011092

Date first listed: 04-Feb-1994


Ordnance survey map of Medieval boundary stone, 220m SSE of Callaly Crag
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Callaly

National Grid Reference: NU 06280 09059


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Reasons for Designation

Boundary stones have a long history of use in the definition of the extent of land holdings, especially in places where the boundary was most contentious or less well defined by other features. The church was one of the earliest users of single marker stones to delineate the extent of their holdings. The very earliest examples, dating from the 6th and 7th centuries AD, were used to define sanctified areas such as the extent of graveyards or the bounds of a monastic site. Subsequently in the medieval period they were used to mark more extensive ecclesiastical land holdings. They are important monuments which often provide our only source of information about past territorial divisions of the landscape. Boundary stones were once more common than they are today and are frequently referred to in medieval and post medieval documents, but most were simple and undecorated. Single, decorated boundary stones survive today in certain areas, but groups of well preserved decorated stones like those on Callaly Moor, designed to be closely set along a boundary are rare. The group of stones on Callaly Moor date from between AD 1050 and AD 1250 and are the only known group in Northumberland, paralleled elsewhere by only three examples in Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire, marking ecclesiastical sanctuaries.


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The monument includes a decorated boundary stone of medieval date adjacent to Old Thrunton Woods and abutted on the north by a dry stone wall. The irregularly cut stone of local grey/brown limestone is 0.3m thick and measures 1.7m high by 0.4m across. On its north face there is a carving of a splayed armed cross; the area around the cross has been pecked out to a depth of 20-30mm. The form of the cross indicates a 12th or 13th century date. This stone, along with three others, are thought to mark the limits of an area of land at Thrunton which was donated to Brinkburn Priory in the mid 13th century. On such an area of featureless, but well used, moorland a form of artificial boundary marker may have been required.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 20988

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Nieke, M R, Callally Moor Field Survey, (1987), 1
Stocker, D, (1992)

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