The Margery Bradley standing stone


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017827

Date first listed: 19-Jun-1972

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Mar-1998


Ordnance survey map of The Margery Bradley standing stone
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Farndale East

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Rosedale West Side

County: North Yorkshire

District: Scarborough (District Authority)

Parish: Westerdale


National Grid Reference: NZ 67518 01280


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Reasons for Designation

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs, ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds. Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones, which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways, territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds. Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. Consequently all undisturbed standing stones and those which represent the main range of types and locations would normally be considered to be of national importance.

The Margery Bradley standing stone is a good, well preserved example of its type. Its importance is heightened by its continued use into historic times as a marker stone for parish boundaries, a trackway, 18th century estate boundary and as a benchmark. The nearby Flat Howe round barrow, the subject of a separate scheduling, is considered to be roughly contemporary, and adds further importance to the monument.


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The monument includes a prehistoric standing stone and the associated buried deposits immediately around its base. The monument, which is Listed Grade II is sited on moorland beside the Castleton to Hutton-Le-Hole road where it is crossed by a trackway. It stands at the intersection of the parishes of Rosendale West, Farndale East and Westerdale. The Margery Bradley standing stone is considered to date to the Bronze Age and to be roughly contemporary with Flat Howe round barrow which lies about 240m to the south west and is the subject of a separate scheduling. The stone is a rough, undressed slab around 1m wide, 0.35m thick and standing 2.1m above the current ground surface. It is orientated so that its largest surfaces face east and west and not to line up with either the road or the trackway. At the top of the west face there are the carved initials `T.D.' which are thought to stand for Thomas Duncombe and to have been left in the 18th century as an estate boundary mark. Carved into the foot of the east face there is an Ordnance Survey benchmark.

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.


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Legacy System number: 30136

Legacy System: RSM

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