Aireborough Historical Society

Bull Stone. Carlton Moor. 1977

Bull Stone
Date December 1977
Location Carlton Moor
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Six foot high and standing between Carlton and Otley Chevin.
There are various theories about this monolith, could it be a Roman milestone as it stands in near proximity to the Roman Road?
Philomen Slater gives this explanation from folklore "Fastening bulls to it when they were baited by dogs, a custom still known to Carlton farmers".
A more prosaic thought is that the word bull derives from an obsolete Yorkshire word "bull-steann" , meaning a stone used as a whetstone for sharpening knives and tools.
It is also thought that the bull stone didn't stand in isolation and could have been part of a line of stones.




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