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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The Devil's Arrows Bronze Age standing stones
The manor of Boroughbridge was held by Edward the Confessor, and thus passed directly to William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest. Even though it was - in theory - held by the king, the manor suffered massively in the aftermath of William's 'Harrying of the North'. Henry III granted the estate to Hubert de Burgh, but when Hubert's son rebelled against the crown he forfeited the manor back to the crown.
In the 18th century the town became an important coaching stop on the Great North Road rute between Edinburgh and London and there were as many as 22 coaching inns serving travellers.
The Town PumpPerhaps the most iconic sight in Boroughbridge is the town pump, the gift of Mrs Lawson of Aldborough Manor in 1875 in memory of her husband Andrew, who had died 3 years earlier. The extravagant canopy that tops the pump is perhaps the most ornate in England.
Another historic structure - though in a different way - is the Black Bull pub, the oldest inn in the town, with parts of the building dating to the medieval period, perhaps as early as the 12th century. As befits such an old building, the Black Bull has its own resident ghost, though the ghostly activities seem to liit themselves to kitchen implements and chairs being found in unexpected places without anyone having moved them.
The Devils ArrowsOn the edge of town stand three large Bronze Age standing stones, erected in a row. These stones are collectively known as the Devil's Arrows. The tallest stone stands an impressive 22 feet high. The first written record of the stones comes from antiquarian John Leyland, who records 4 stones. The fourth stone was broken up by treasure hunters, and the pieces used to build a small bridge acros the River Tutt.
In 1322 Boroughbridge was the site of a battle between Edward II and the Duke of Lancaster, in which the former emerged victorious. The batte site ranged on both sides of the River Ure, along the line of the Great North Road north of the town.
There are walks along the river, and a short distance from town is Staveley Nature Reserve, a superb wetland habitat. Three miles away from Boroughbridge is the stately home of Newby Hall.
Address: Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: Off the A1 16 miles north west of York
Photo Credit: Gordon Hatton, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Aldborough Roman Site - 0.7 miles (Roman Site)
Roecliffe, St Mary's Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Skelton-cum-Newby Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church)
Newby Hall - 3.1 miles (Historic House)
Allerton Mauleverer, St Martin's Church - 4.7 miles (Historic Church)
Goldsborough Hall Garden - 5.8 miles (Garden)
Ripon Cathedral - 6 miles (Cathedral)
Markenfield Hall - 6.2 miles (Historic House)
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