As this is a Census year Keith P has found some historic boundary markers for us to find explanations for.
There are up to twenty pieces of similar Monastic type tracery in the grass just above Beckermonds, but why ? Is it from a demolished church or abbey ?
The nearest abbey would be Sawley or Bolton Abbey. English Heritage information at Furness Abbey suggests the area was the border between Furness and Fountains Abbey.
Was Beckermonds on the Lancaster to ?Durham? highway and some merchant just dumped the pieces ?
Update: Phyllida says that Jim made a study of the Lancaster-Richmond-Newcastle coach road in 2012 and his comprehensive findings are on this website “Coach road Lancaster- NewcastleCoach road Lancaster- Newcastle” with a summary in our 2013 bulletin.
This stone is just above the bridge in Kettlewell. A romantic explanation maybe it is the Malta Cross or represents the Knights Hospitaller or Knights Templar. There is a Templar Church over the hill. A more likely one is that it is a Parish boundary.
Can any member provide a more reasonable explanation ?
Update: Phyllida says that Ian Harland and Bronte Bedford-Payne considered this to be a boundary stone and found another in Linton.
These markers are from when Craven was in the West Riding. This one is in Hubberholme. Others can be found in Threshfield, Burnsall, Hebden and Grassington. They are in unusual places with the only common theme is that they are near bridges. Does anyone know what they are for and why they are in odd places ?
This boundary stone is at Kidstones, between Buckden and Aysgarth. SRDC stands for Skipton Rural District Council which appears on Census entries as the Authority. The “A” in ARDC may stand for Aysgarth or Askrigg as both were used as Census areas.