NY3956 : Reivers' names, Millennium Gallery, Carlisle

taken 7 years ago, near to Carlisle, Cumbria, Great Britain

Reivers' names, Millennium Gallery, Carlisle
Reivers' names, Millennium Gallery, Carlisle
In the 16th century the reivers were cross border families who lived by stealing cattle, rape and pillage.
In 1525 the archbishop of Glasgow, Gavin Dunbar, invoked a 1,069 word curse against these robbers, blackmailers and highwaymen who blighted the area.
Priests in all of the parishes of the border lands in what is now Cumbria, Northumberland, the Borders, and Dumfries and Galloway were required to read the curse out aloud to congregations.
To celebrate the millennium an artwork designed by artist Gordon Young and made by Andy Altman in the form of "The Cursing Stone" bearing 300 words from that curse was place here.
Now that the human race has advanced into the 21st century the stone has been blamed for the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease, the Carlisle floods and many other local tragedies.
It was to be "exorcised" by the archbishop of Carlisle after clergy complained that it generated "spiritual violence"!
During 2005 Carlisle City Council discussed the removal of the stone to outside the City boundary or even to destroy it!
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Sunday, 7 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 September, 2011
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3977 5609 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:53.7537N 2:56.4385W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 3977 5608
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