2014

NU1735 : The Stag at Blackrocks Point

taken 9 years ago, near to Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

The Stag at Blackrocks Point
The Stag at Blackrocks Point
No one knows why there is a white stag painted on the rock near to the lighthouse at Blackrocks Point although legend has it that it was because a white stag jumped into the sea to escape hunters after being chased from Spindlestone. Another theory is that it was painted by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War. Although not shown on the maps, a Stag Rock has been used as a placename here since the late 1800s.

In a letter to the Northumbrian magazine (Issue 107) a lady said her father told that the stag was painted by an artist in 1914. At first, local wildfowlers were worried that it might frighten away their quarry, but that did not seem to happen, and thereafter the stag was given a new coat of paint whenever the lighthouse was painted.

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Andrew Curtis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
Geographical Context: Coastal Estuary, Marine Rocks, Scree, Cliffs Primary Subject: Rock
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Blackrocks Point [49] · Blackrocks Lighthouse [36] · Sea [9] · Stag Rock [9] Other Photos: · Blackrocks Point above Stag Rock · Stag Rock, Blackrocks Point ·
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NU1735, 249 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 12 December, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 14 December, 2014
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 1751 3592 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:36.9937N 1:43.4137W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 17524 35923
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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