Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Cable Stone Crag

Low Cable Stone
Taken 8 December 2018

I can’t believe it’s getting on for 4 years since I last visited Low Cable Stone, or Cable Stone Crag as I’ve titled this post, a name I picked up from a 19th-century account of a foxhunt in which “a bag fox” was released and “pulled down within twenty minutes”1Britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk. (2022). Hunting. | York Herald | Saturday 02 March 1867 | British Newspaper Archive. [online] Available at: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000499/18670302/049/0012 [Accessed 9 Jul. 2022].. Twenty minutes of cruelty but alas a sign of the times.

Alfred J. Brown plaque

Not unsurprisingly the curious plaque to Alfred J. Brown is still there — did I expect it not to be?

Alfred John Brown (1894 – 1969) was a prolific Yorkshire writer and over of the moors and dales. He was also a novelist writing under the pen name of Julian Laverack.

The plaque is supposed to have been erected by Tom Scott Burns, another local writer, although I haven’t found any corroboration that Brown lived at Mornington Villas which is in Bradford2Tripsdale.co.uk. (2013). Tripsdale – a dale of surprises. [online] Available at: http://www.tripsdale.co.uk/#Alfred%20(AJ)%20Brown [Accessed 9 Jul. 2022].. He was born in Little Horton, Bradford, and after his marriage settled in Burley-in-Wharfedale3Wikipedia Contributors (2022). Alfred John Brown (writer). [online] Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_John_Brown_(writer) [Accessed 9 Jul. 2022].. After discharge from the RAF he opened an hotel in Darnholme, near Goathland.

His father’s name was also Alfred John Brown so I suppose the link could be there.

There is no evidence that Alfred J. Brown actually visited Low Cable Stone. In his book “Striding Through Yorkshire”4Published by Country Life. London. 1943. Page 191. , he describes a walk from Chop Gate to Bransdale crossing Tripsdale by an “old track”, suggesting a more southerly route.







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