Carving no. 88 – James Elkington

Carving no. 88 – a bit of a dry name, isnt it? This is the ‘official’ name for this exceptional rock tucked away in the wilds of Ilkley moor.

There must have been something very special about this 12 ft. long piece of rock in the middle of nowhere, as it contains over 100 ‘cups’, 10 ‘rings’, half a swastika and a dozen or more other carvings. All prehistoric and roughly estimated at about 6000 years old.

There are about 400 stones on these old moors which contain carvings, but this is one of the very best – although many of the marks are feint.

To the locals (and few actually know about this stone) it is called ‘The Badger Stone’ – which may seem a strange name for it as it doesn’t resemble a badger one bit. But digging into it’s history we can conclude that the name ‘Badger’ was another name for ‘a corn dealer, corn miller or miller’s man.’

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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3 Responses to Carving no. 88 – James Elkington

  1. paulandruss says:

    Another great post

    Liked by 1 person

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