Out & About …

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

Havelock Stone

In 1716 the Lord of the Manor of Gisborough, Edward Chaloner, ‘perambulated’ around the boundaries of his manor. This annual custom was carried out throughout the country often on Ascension Day and is often known as Beating the bounds. Before the days of modern surveying, it was an important way of reinforcing the parish boundaries. The Guisborough one is recorded as the Boundary Perambulation 1716:

Guisbrough Boundaries ridden upon the second day of May 1716 Edward Chaloner Esq Lord of the Manor present nigh 200 persons foot and Horse:

… So directly to a Hill called Hob on the Hill which is the highest of the two Hills to the Bride Stones and from thence directly southward to a Stone called Craw Stone and so directly to Ravendale-head to a boundary stone there and from thence to a well called Leaden Well to a Hill called Colemanargus or Todhow and there Guisbrough and Skelton boundaries end.

Note that Edward rode and was accompanied by 200 people. Quite a retinue.

So today I followed part of Edward’s perambulation from Tod Howe to Hob on the Hill across Skeldewskew Moor (actually in reverse to the description above). Boundary stones aplenty, every 50 metres or so. I think this one is mapped as the Havelock Stone which presumably accounts for the ‘H’ inscription. On the other side is ‘RC’, likely Robert Chaloner, Edward’s four times great-grandson who died in 1855. Other stones are inscribed ‘TC 1878’; that would be Thomas Chaloner, Robert’s brother, who succeeded to the estate and title after Robert died without issue.

So who was Havelock? I haven’t found any mentions except perhaps a George Havelock, a Guisborough clockmaker, 1700-30. Think grandfather clocks. But this family seems to have fallen on hard times for a century later Havelocks were applying for poor relief for clothing and to emigrate.



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3 responses to “Havelock Stone”

  1. Michael sharkey avatar
    Michael sharkey

    Dear sir or madam
    I am now in my 70s but when I was a young boy in the 50s I used to go to the library with my older brother witch at that time was in Victoria street Grimsby
    It was a wooden structure or annex connected to a main brick building I presume had been bombed in the war hence the annex
    In the foyer of the annex was a wooden plinth supporting a stone
    With ancient writings on it.
    It was said to be the stone of havelock the Dane
    I have not seen that stone from that time I can’t seem to find anything about it at all I am curious to know what it said or were it is now
    Do you know anything about it
    Many thanks

    1. Fhithich avatar

      I haven’t heard of that one but Wikipedia gives a bit of info. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havelok_the_Dane

    2. James avatar

      Michael, Havelock’s stone is now outside the Welholme Gallery.

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