Volume 8: Western Yorkshire

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Present Location
Evidence for Discovery
This inscribed stone was recorded by Haigh (1858; 1875a). It had been found in digging a grave on 27 September 1842, but was missing by c. 1879, when the Rev. G. F. Browne went to see it (Speight 1902, 347–8, including pers. comm. from the Rev. R. H. Cooke, vicar in 1879, who had confirmed the find with the curate present at the interment in 1842). It was not seen either by Allen or Collingwood. Collingwood (1915a, 183) noted that it was missing and worked from Haigh's drawing (see Ill. 807), also reproduced by Speight.
Church Dedication
St John the Baptist
Present Condition

Haigh provided a very stylised drawing of a design he himself described as 'very peculiar, — a composition of circles, all scratched slightly with a compass, and a cross formed by triple lines' (Haigh 1875a, 365). The drawing gives no sense of the stone as an object. It shows only an irregular outline, within which five double outlined circles, apparently with compass points at the centre, form a cross within a larger circle. This stands on a triple line apparently forming a shaft, traversed about a third of the way down by a short triple crossbar, around the crossing of which is another circle, with below another, larger, double-outlined circle.

Between the circular head of the cross and the upper circle on the shaft Haigh showed the remains of an inscription, which appears to read:

MA || HE [—]
DVG || V [—]

Appendix A item (Stones dating from Saxo-Norman overlap period or of uncertain date)

Haigh did not describe the letters which are fitted in on either side of the upper part of the triple shaft, except to say that the arrangement echoed that of the Hartlepool tombstones, such as Hartlepool 8 (Cramp 1984, pl. 85.447) . Collingwood (1915a, 183) described the letters as 'Hiberno-Saxon uncials', presumably on the basis of Haigh's drawing, but concluded that, in its absence 'there is not enough information to explain or date this stone', which seems a fair assessment.

Haigh 1858, 27–8, fig. on 28; Haigh 1875a, 364– 5, pl. I.1; Haigh 1875b, 408; Hübner 1876, 63, no. 174, and fig.; Haigh 1879b, 223–6; Browne 1880–4a, lxxiv–lxxv; (–––) 1882a, 487; Allen and Browne 1885, 353; Allen 1889, 222; Allen 1890, 293, 294, 297, 298; Speight 1902, 347–8 and fig.; Morris 1911, 265; Collingwood 1912, 129; Collingwood 1915a, 183, 285

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