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Carved rock known as the Grey Stone in Grey Stone Pasture, Harewood Park, 370m south east of New Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Harewood, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.883 / 53°52'58"N

Longitude: -1.5226 / 1°31'21"W

OS Eastings: 431478.470831

OS Northings: 443085.170946

OS Grid: SE314430

Mapcode National: GBR KRTJ.5S

Mapcode Global: WHC90.LN5L

Entry Name: Carved rock known as the Grey Stone in Grey Stone Pasture, Harewood Park, 370m south east of New Bridge

Scheduled Date: 18 September 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014971

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29101

County: Leeds

Civil Parish: Harewood

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Collingham St Oswald with Harewood

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a large carved gritstone rock, 4.2m x 2.4m x 2.7m. It is
situated in Harewood Park, on the north edge of a ridge in Greystone Pasture,
east of Beech Bank. It is at the west end of a field bank or lynchet of
unknown date.
The rock is carved on several faces. At the north corner, a small vertical
face is carved with six concentric rings, with no central cup. At the west
corner, a sloping scoop has eight cups, with several additional cup-like
hollows above them. The latter may be natural, as may similar hollows on the
east face. The Grey Stone is Listed Grade II.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 the rock is an important outlier
from the main concentrations of carved rocks further west (Rombalds Moor) and
north west (Askwith, Denton Moors).

Source: Historic England

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