Carved rock known as the Grey Stone in Grey Stone Pasture, Harewood Park, 370m south east of New Bridge


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1014971

Date first listed: 18-Sep-1996


Ordnance survey map of Carved rock known as the Grey Stone in Grey Stone Pasture, Harewood Park, 370m south east of New Bridge
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Leeds (Metropolitan Authority)

Parish: Harewood

National Grid Reference: SE 31478 43085


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Reasons for Designation

Prehistoric rock art is found on natural rock outcrops in many areas of upland Britain. It is especially common in the north of England in Northumberland, Durham and North and West Yorkshire. The most common form of decoration is the `cup and ring' marking where expanses of small cup-like hollows are pecked into the surface of the rock. These cups may be surrounded by one or more `rings'. Single pecked lines extending from the cup through the `rings' may also exist, providing the design with a `tail'. Other shapes and patterns also occur, but are less frequent. Carvings may occur singly, in small groups, or may cover extensive areas of rock surface. They date to the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age periods (2800-c.500 BC) and provide one of our most important insights into prehistoric `art'. The exact meaning of the designs remains unknown, but they may be interpreted as sacred or religious symbols. Frequently they are found close to contemporary burial monuments and the symbols are also found on portable stones placed directly next to burials or incorporated in burial mounds. Around 800 examples of prehistoric rock-art have been recorded in England. This is unlikely to be a realistic reflection of the number carved in prehistory. Many will have been overgrown or destroyed in activities such as quarrying. All positively identified prehistoric rock art sites exhibiting a significant group of designs will normally be identified as nationally important.

The carving on this rock survives well and the rock is an important outlier from the main concentrations of carved rocks further west (Rombalds Moor) and north west (Askwith, Denton Moors).


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The monument includes a large carved gritstone rock, 4.2m x 2.4m x 2.7m. It is situated in Harewood Park, on the north edge of a ridge in Greystone Pasture, east of Beech Bank. It is at the west end of a field bank or lynchet of unknown date. The rock is carved on several faces. At the north corner, a small vertical face is carved with six concentric rings, with no central cup. At the west corner, a sloping scoop has eight cups, with several additional cup-like hollows above them. The latter may be natural, as may similar hollows on the east face. The Grey Stone is Listed Grade II.

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Legacy System number: 29101

Legacy System: RSM

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