The wonderful doorway arch shaped like horseshoe can only be a Blacksmiths, built in 1858 as the inscription tells us and still used for that purpose into the 1960’s
John Turton was a physician to ‘mad’ George III, he bought the manor of Roxby but died in without children, the estate passed to the youngest son of Rev William Peters (chaplain to the Prince Regent) who assumed the Turton name and coat of arms.
When I first posted photos of Warren Moor back in 2008 it was a very risky place to visit, with two unprotected mine shafts. As part of the Heritage Lottery funded Land of Iron project, the area has been made much more friendly to visitors.
A Perambulation is the periodic marking of estate boundaries by the Lord of the Manor, also known as “Beating the bounds”, these events are known to have occurred around Guisborough in 1716, 1738, 1772, 1798 and 1816. It was a major local event with over 200 people on foot and horses taking part in 1716.
Robert Chaloner (RC) passed away in 1842, so the Perambulation of 27th June 1856 was the first by the new Lord of the Manor, Thomas Chalenor (TC) who seems to have taken the occasion to add his initials and the date to many local stones.
This carving is just a short distance north of Percy Rigg
It appears to be virtually identical to the lost boundary stone at Percy Rigg which was apparently destroyed in the 2nd World War.
The other side of the stone is much harder to decipher but the listed building record suggest H.R. and G.A. below the more obvious T
Back in early 2017 I visited the Picton Liberty Stone and it wasn’t there !
A news report on the 6th April 2005 said it had been stolen, then on the 8th April 2005 Police said “It had been removed by a man trying to protect it from theft. It will be returned to its position”
Parish meetings in 2010 talk about getting it listed by English Heritage and having a replica made. In late 2020 someone commented that the stone was back ! Whether this is the original or a replica is unclear.