For six years I wrote a short history
article in the monthly parish magazine,
The Pelican. One of the articles is
shown in the column opposite.
Articles can be accessed by
clicking on the appropriate title from
the index below.
If anyone has any old photographs or
parish information which they would like
recorded (for present and future
generations to share) then please get in
touch with me.
John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
A very old and interesting red sandstone slab has been
recently unearthed in a garden in Acklington Village.
Sadly the slab has been broken into three pieces but
when the pieces are placed together (like bits of a
jigsaw) a rather interesting scene emerges. Not only is
the old stone carved with a group of what appears to be
ancient warriors, but astonishingly the scene depicted
has a close resemblance to the military procession on a
well-known late ninth century slab which was found on
the island of Lindisfarne.
the scenes and dimensions of the Lindisfarne and
Acklington stones are remarkably similar.......
as can be seen from the pictures opposite.
On each stone there is a line of seven warriors.
The warriors are facing right and are set under
an arch. On each stone, warriors 2, 3, and 4 are
brandishing swords whilst warriors 5 and 6 carry
battle-axes. On each stone, warrior 1 appears to
be unarmed but with a raised hand, whilst
warrior 7 is set close to the frame.
There are too many similarities for the carving
likenesses just to be a mere coincidence.
What, then, is the relationship between the two
There is no
doubt that the total composition is without close
parallel elsewhere in Britain so it is highly likely
that they are exclusively linked in some way. But do the
scenes derive independently from a now-lost common
exemplar or could one, perhaps, be a copy of the other?
The Acklington Warrior Stone is at present in the safe
keeping of renowned retired professor Richard Bailey OBE
who has been called in to answer these questions.
Professor Bailey is an expert in Viking Age and Medieval
sculpture and has written books on these subjects. We
await with interest his findings on this interesting
discovery. Meanwhile, if there is anyone who can recall
seeing the Acklington stone before, or indeed has any
information or memories about it, please do get in
John Davison (01670 760609) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org