NY5792 : Rock outcrop on Larriston Fells

taken 3 years ago, 3 km from Larriston, Scottish Borders, Great Britain

Rock outcrop on Larriston Fells
Rock outcrop on Larriston Fells
Not far south of here, marking the right-angled bend of the England-Scotland Border, stood a feature known as the 'Grey Lads'. Armstrong's map of Northumberland (1769) shows them as a group of three 'standing stones'. Logan Mack in The Border Line (1926) tells us that the term is often applied in Westmorland and Cumberland to stone cairns, here presumably set up to demarcate the boundary in the days before the modern fence. The name derives from Anglo-Saxon 'hlaed' or Old Norse 'hlad', both meaning 'heap'.

A section of land between the Grey Lads to Bells Chapel was for a time considered as disputed ground. A former Border Line, more favourable to the English, may have once followed the more direct line close to the stones shown here, running north-east over Larriston Fells to Thorlieshope Pike towards Deadwater.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 7 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Uplands  Moorland  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 5736 9255 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:13.5191N 2:40.3121W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 57368 92574
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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