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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 596
 Date Entered 30/08/2012
 Updated on 30/08/2012
 Recorded by Will Swales
 Category Vernacular Record
 Record Type General HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 30/08/2012
 Location Sharrow Hill
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 054 965
 Altitude 370m
 Record Name Boundary stone on Sharrow Hill
 Record Description GRI-8 is boundary stone number eight of the first 21 around Grinton Parish starting from Stolerston Stile and reaching as far as Gibbon Hill. It is on the boundary line between the parishes of Grinton and Ellerton Abbey, 150m south-west of the Grinton-Leyburn road, on the east side of Sharrow Hill. It is inscribed on the east face with a row of four horizontal dots, ED, and I+S. At the foot of the stone is a natural rock inscribed D. ED is thought to signify the Erle-Drax family of Ellerton Abbey, which would date the stone to sometime between 1755 and 1887 (see additional notes below). The D on the rock would be for Drax and would therefore date to before 1755. The other symbols are unexplained. However, of the four stones on this boundary line bearing the letters I and S (see also records 558, 559, 560) this is the one on which a small + symbol can be see most clearly between the two letters. It suggests that I and S represent two different 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 3267         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Grinton-Ellerton boundary stone GRI-8 on Sharrow Hill, east face, plus inscribed natural rock
 Image 2 ID 3268         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Grinton-Ellerton boundary stone GRI-8 on Sharrow Hill, east face
 Image 3 ID 3269         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Grinton-Ellerton boundary - inscribed natural rock by boundary stone GRI-8 on Sharrow Hill
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