SD9717 : Aiggin Stone and Cairn

taken 3 years ago, 3 km from Summit, Rochdale, Great Britain

Aiggin Stone and Cairn
Aiggin Stone and Cairn
The Aiggin Stone, an irregular block of gritstone approximately 7 feet long, stands alongside the packhorse route marking the county boundary. The stone has a cross and the letters I and T cut into it. Its name is said to derive from the French aiguille for a needle or aigle an eagle.

Some suggest that it is Roman in origin (linked to the nearby “Roman” road, others that it’s merely a waymarker, others that it’s a milestone, and the more common notion is that it’s a boundary marker of the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire (its position in the landscape presently sits it in Lancashire). According to a nearby information tablet (SD9717 : Aiggin Stone Information), The Littleborough and District Lions regard it to be “A mediæval guide stone …..some 600 years old”

The cairn is more recent; there is no indication of its significance, it is the largest of several cairns sited on the moorland alongside the Pennine Way in this area.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 4 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 6 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Moorland 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 973 171 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:39.0344N 2:2.5212W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 972 170
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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