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Bull Stone

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Title Bull Stone
Date Undated
Location Carlton
Photo ID SL057
Comment Ancient stone which is situated on Carlton Moor. There are various theories about this monolith, could it be a Roman milestone as it stands in near proximity to the Roman Road?

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I377 – Bull Stone, Undated.

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Stone which stands 6ft high between Carlton and Otley Chevin.

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Rear view of the Bull Stone which is located on Carlton Moor.

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A089 – Bull Stone, Undated.

Bull Stone – 1977

Philomen Slater gives this explanation from folklore “Fastening bulls to it when they were baited by dogs, a custom still known to Carlton farmers”.
A more prosaic thought is that the word bull derives from an obsolete Yorkshire word “bull-steann”, meaning a stone used as a whetstone for sharpening knives and tools.
It is also thought that the bull stone didn’t stand in isolation and could have been part of a line of stones.

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JH027 – Bull Stone, 1979.

Bull Stone – 1979

Or could it be an old Yorkshire word “bull-steann” meaning a stone used as a whetstone to sharpen knives?
Others say the stone is just one of an ancient group.

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JH084 – Bull Stone, 1979.

Bull Stone – 1979

Another view of the Bull Stone.

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 28 April 2021.
Last Updated: 16 November 2022 – All images updated.

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