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Devils Arrows

Hob Uid: 53493
Location :
North Yorkshire
Harrogate
Boroughbridge
Grid Ref : SE3915066430
Summary : A stone alignment 174m long dating from the Late Neolithic/ Early Bronze Age, with three standing stones aligned on a NNW to SSE axis. The stones a do not form a straight line and are unevenly spaced. Three standing stones are visible on historic and recent air photos.
More information : [SE 3907 6659]
[SE 3910 6653] Devil's Arrows [T.I.]
[SE 3915 6643] Standing Stones [G.T.] (1)

The Devil's Arrows are three Bronze Age standing stones, monoliths of millstone grit, 1/4 mile west of Boroughbridge. Two are 22 1/2
feet high and 18 feet in circumference, the third 22 feet in
circumference. See AO/LP/57/64 (3)
Leland in 1538 describes four stones, the two middle ones being
six to eight feet apart. Part of the fourth stone is said
to form part of a bridge in Boroughbridge (4). (2-5)

The three remaining standing stones are correctly described and
sited. Miss M. Lawson-Tancred (a) says that at Aldborough Manor
is an original document dated 1620 from the Justices of
Knaresborough ordering the repair of Peggy Bridge (SE 3954 6664) and
in consequence of this order, the fourth arrow was cut up and
used for its foundations. In her garden is the alleged top of
this stone. This is a fragment of millstone grit, 1'8" x 1'4"
x 10", furrowed & weathered, which, in appearance, compares
favourably with the existing stones. No similar type of stone can
be seen in the superstructure of the bridge. (6)

The Devil's Arrows. Scheduled No NY/35. (7)

Devil's Arrows also known as the Devil's Bolts, the Three Greyhounds, and the Three Sisters is interpreted as an isolated, early version of a single long stone row, which may belong to the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age transition around 2200-2000 BC. There may have bee originally five stones. Geologically, the source of the stone could be Plumpton Rocks two miles south of Knaresborough or glacial erratics from the Northallerton area. (8) Additional reference (9).

Three standing stones are visible on historic and recent air photos. All three stones are visible on 1940s air photos albeit at a very small scale. More recent air photos show good oblique views of the two stones that stand to the north of Roecliffe Lane, these are in an arable field. The third stone, which lies to the south of the lane, is now concealed by trees. (11-12)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : Ordnance Survey 6" 1956
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Source : The Archaeological Journal
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Page(s) : 365
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Vol(s) : 79, 1922
Source Number : 10
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : English Heritage Schedule Entry 27/08/1996
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Source Number : 11
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SE 3966/28 NMR 20724/21 12-NOV-2007
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Source Number : 12
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SE 3966/1 CAP K22 02-AUG-1945
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Source : The archaeology of Yorkshire
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Archaeology of Nidderdale (undated typescript) 9 (E S Wood)
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary 1533-40 Vols 1 and 2 (1745) p94 (ed T Hearne)
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Source Number : 6
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : E C Waight 08/07/1963 Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source Number : 6a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Miss M Lawson-Tancred Aldborough Manor Boroughbridge
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : English Heritage SAM List North Yorkshire 1994 p19
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Source Number : 8
Source : The Yorkshire archaeological journal
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Page(s) : Jan-24
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Vol(s) : 63, 1991
Source Number : 9
Source : From Carnac to Callanish: the prehistoric stone rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany
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Page(s) : 157-159
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Late Neolithic
Display Date : Late Neolithic / early BA transition.
Monument End Date : -1500
Monument Start Date : -3000
Monument Type : Standing Stone, Stone Alignment
Evidence : Structure
Monument Period Name : Early Bronze Age
Display Date : Early Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -1600
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Standing Stone, Stone Alignment
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : MNY19460
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NY 35
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 28221
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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 111682
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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : 110930
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : MNY19461
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : MNY20894
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 36 NE 4
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : DEVIL'S ARROWS
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1709-01-01
End Date : 1709-12-31
Associated Activities : DEVIL'S ARROWS
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1876-01-01
End Date : 1876-12-31
Associated Activities : DEVIL'S ARROWS
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1881-01-01
End Date : 1881-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 36 NE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1963-07-08
End Date : 1963-07-08