Cup and ring marked rock 16m north west of wall junction, 225m south of Far High Westcliff


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015628

Date first listed: 31-Jan-1997


Ordnance survey map of Cup and ring marked rock 16m north west of wall junction, 225m south of Far High Westcliff
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate (District Authority)

Parish: Bewerley

National Grid Reference: SE 16057 63641


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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 forms an important part of the prehistoric landscape of the area between the Rivers Nidd and Wharfe. The rock is one of several outliers north of the major concentrations of carved rocks immediately north of the Wharfe (Middleton, Denton, Askwith Moors).


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The monument includes a carved gritstone rock, totally covered by grass, bracken and leaf mould. It measures 2.1m x 2.1m x 0.3m. It is situated at Bewerley, in Nought Bank Wood, on the north east side of the wood. It is 16m north west of a wall junction and 0.7m south west of the wall. An accurate National Grid Reference is SE 16056 63642. The carving consists of one cup and ring, one other cup, and a possible cup. The rock is bisected by a deep modern groove.

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Legacy System number: 29147

Legacy System: RSM

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