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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 560
 Date Entered 01/07/2012
 Updated on 30/08/2012
 Recorded by Will Swales
 Category Vernacular Record
 Record Type General HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 01/07/2012
 Location High Moss
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 056 955
 Altitude 430m
 Record Name Boundary stone on High Moss
 Record Description GRI-11 – boundary stone number 11 of the first 21 around Grinton Parish starting from Stolerston Stile and reaching as far as Gibbon Hill. It is on the boundary between Grinton and Ellerton parishes, and is actually two stones standing side-by-side on High Moss. The taller one is inscribed on the east face with S, ED, four dots, and ED. ED appears to signify a boundary of the estates of the Erle-Drax family of Ellerton Abbey, which would date the stone to sometime between 1755 and 1887 (see additional notes below). Why it should appear twice is puzzling. The shorter stone is inscribed on the east face with I+S and above it to the left a letter D at a jaunty angle. The letter D might refer to Drax, the surname used by the owners of Ellerton Abbey estate before 1755 and after 1887. The + symbol between the I and the S is hardly visible but can be seen more clearly on another stone in the series at Record 596. It suggests that I and S relate to two separate family surnames.
 Additional Notes Ellerton Abbey estate was held by people with the surname Erle-Drax from 1755 when it was inherited by Thomas Erle-Drax, the eldest son of Henry Drax and Elizabeth Ernle, heiress to the Erle family estate in Charborough, Dorset. The last person called Erle-Drax to hold Ellerton Abbey, John, died in 1887 leaving the estate to his son Richard, who adopted the splendidly quadruple-barrelled surname Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, but called himself Richard Drax for short.
 Image 1 ID 3123         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Grinton-Ellerton boundary stones on High Moss
 Image 2 ID 3124         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Grinton-Ellerton boundary stone on High Moss - 1
 Image 3 ID 3125         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Grinton-Ellerton boundary stone on High Moss - 2
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