Barmishaw Stone
Bronze Age Carved Rock (PRAWR 253)
Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE11194641
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)


The Barmishaw Stone - Ilkley Moor
The carvings are faint, but the cup, ring and ladder formation can be seen on the top left
The Barmishaw Stone - Detail of Ladder Carving
A cup, ring and ladder motif.

The Barmishaw Stone - Diagram of the Carvings
A plan of the carvings
 

The Barmishaw stone has some of Ilkley's speciality carvings, the so called 'ladders' which consist of a pair of parallel grooves linked by perpendicular 'rungs' - it is thought that this pattern is unique to this stone and the Panorama Stone. The patterns on the stone can be difficult to make out but there appear to be 6 of these ladder forms, as well as 24 cups, 9 of which have rings.
To find the stone, walk north from the Badger Stone, continue past the east-west track and continue roughly in the direction of the woods for 2 or 3 minutes. Although it is flat and only very low, the stone is a reasonable size and can be seen to the right in a clearing in the undergrowth. Given its exposure to the weather and the feet of passing livestock and humans, the fact that the carvings survive at all is remarkable.

PRAWR = Prehistoric Rock Art of the West Riding (Boughey and Vickerman 2003)

Glossary Items: Bronze Age,
Rock Art/Carved Rocks


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