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PREHISTORIC YORKSHIRE

 

Close to the A1 near Boroughbridge are what are called the Devilís Arrows. Since the new motorway was built they are no longer visible from the road itself. They are three gritstone monoliths, or standing stones, and stand about 20 feet high. Camden tells us that there were four until one was looted during the reign of Edward I. They are thought to be as old as Stonehenge. In the past a fair was held in a nearby field, perhaps part of a tradition which dated back to pre-Christian times.

 

One of the Devil's Arrows



At Rudston, five miles west of Bridlington, is a prehistoric monolith standing more than 25 feet high. It is said to be more than 4000 years old. It stands in All Saints churchyard and local legend says that the Devil threw it at the church but fortunately missed. Winifred Holtby, who wrote, among other things, South Riding, is buried in the churchyard.
 

There are prehistoric remains through out Yorkshire. Castle Hill, above Huddersfield, visible from the M62 at Outlane near Ainley Top, was settled by Neolithic people and later became an Iron Age fortress. Today a tower, erected in 1899 to celebrate Queen Victoriaís Jubilee, stands on top of the hill. It cost £3398. It was restored in 1960 at a cost of £9000, both amounts raised by public subscription. A beacon was lit in 1588 to warn the area of the arrival of the Spanish Armada. Another was prepared when England expected to be invaded by Napoleonís forces. Beacons are only lit today for rather more pleasant reasons like the dawn of the year 2000 or the Queenís Golden Jubilee.

 

Castle Hill

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