19 September 2005

Rock Art In Wooler

Myself and Suzanne visited the Wooler tourist information office yesterday and found they have a piece of RA that was donated by a local farmer. I took some pics, which i posted, has anyone heard of this one before.? Let me know what they think.

12 comments:

george said...

What an odd rock . The shape , motif everything. It looks genuine from here too . Big cup and wee cups , the channel is nicely skewed on either side of the big cup. Not used to seeing that kind of background maybe makes a difference but it's still a strange one. what farm ?

wolfy said...

I have made further enquiries, and it was not a farmer, but it was a local Wooler builder called Robert "Bob the Builder" Fairnington. Will need to do more research as to where it was found exactly, but i think it was discovered while he was doing some building work.

Jan said...

Ken & Pam Topham of West Weedwood Farmhouse owned the Percy Arm Hotel in Chatton. They told me that they had a cup-and-ring decorated stone on display in the hotel, probably even placed on the bar. The stone was stolen! If this is the one, there's a problem and a solution!

wolfy said...

mmmmm, interesting have we solved a crime?...maybe you should let Ken & Pam know, its sitting in the local tourist info office...email them the pic Jan, let them id it..do they have email?..

cheers.

Jan said...

They are non-digital, Brian! No internet connection but I'm sure they got a telephone-number.

wolfy said...

Hi Jan,

Spoke to Pam, she told me the "rock art" she had was made by a friend of hers and it was stolen.

She knows "Bob the builder", and is keen to go and look at the stone in the tourist info office.

So this one could be the real thing, will contact Pam in time just to confirm it is not the piece she had made.

cheers

Jan said...

Weldone Sherlock! In my heart I hope that this is not the stolen one because that will enrich the collection with yet another amazing portable from an area so well researched.

wolfy said...

Spoke to the Wooler tourist information centre to see if they could give me more details on the rock, all they know is that it was found by the builder in amongst a pile of rubble, the exact location of the find is not known. Spoke to Bob the builder who will try and get me more details.

Fitz said...

first impressions of the stone reminded me of the Weetwood Cairn stone

wolfy said...

Hi Folks,

Had a very interesting chat this morning with "Bob the builder", i was keen to ask the location of his find, he told me that he bought a pile of rubble from a farmer, sold as seen.. perhaps field clearance or an old building. I asked if he could give the exact location. He knows it, but rather than perhaps the farmer finding out and wanting the rock back, he declined to give the exact area, but did say a farm between Doddington & Horton...that should narrow it down slightly. He did admit to thinking he was going to make some money from his find, but was talked out of that idea by a local archeologist..so that is why it is now in the tourist information office in Wooler.

Brian

Jan said...

Thanks Brian. You did your best, man. Between Doddington and Horton could mean the Gled Law area. Maybe Stan comes up with an answer to your mail but one thing is for sure; it isn't a stone he has seen before. I went through all his books and booklets over the years but no stones seem to match this one. I'm curious what will happen next.

Jan said...

A bit of digging in the Beckensall archive delivered the answer to the 'who, what & where' of this fine stone. It was found on West Horton Farm and is known as "West Horton 6 portable c".
For further details see:

http://rockart.ncl.ac.uk/panel_detail.asp?pi=1050