NY7801 : The Jew Stone

taken 11 years ago, near to Outhgill, Cumbria, Great Britain

The Jew Stone
The Jew Stone
A replica of a stone that a William Henry Mounsey (1808 - 1877) set up on Black Fell Moss near to the source of the River Eden. William Mounsey was wealthy and a fluent linguist in Greek, Latin, Persian and Welsh. After an army career he became a solicitor and an eccentric. He wore his hair long and became known as the Jew of Carlisle although he was not of the Jewish faith. In 1850 he decided to walk from the family estate near the mouth of the Eden on the Solway Firth to the river's source.

The stone, a post really, was made of Dent Marble, a form of limestone, and had Greek and Latin inscriptions. It stood for twenty years until some navvies building the Settle to Carlisle Railway found it and, not understanding the inscription, smashed it up.

Not long after the Second World War the stone pieces were brought down to Kirby Stephen with a view to repairing it but the limestone had deteriorated badly. This replica is an exact copy but made of better quality limestone.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 24 July, 2010   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 782 015 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:24.5416N 2:20.1591W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 782 015
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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