Standing Stone, Woodside, Ancrum.
The standing stone at Woodside is a four sided boulder
approximately 1.40m high and 1.00m square on plan and the west
side appears to have been fractured near the base. The stone is
located to the west of the main drive to Woodside farm and sits
half way up the west bank of a dried up stream bed, once used as
the approach to Woodside. In its present position the stone has
no claim to be regarded as an antiquity but it may possibly have
been removed from the adjacent field which is locally known as
the "Stannin' Stane Field"
From the A68 (T) take the B6400 opposite the junction for Ancrum,
just north of Harestanes Visitor Centre. The stone is located
along the main drive to Woodside farm.
Parking may be had, by permission, at Woodside farm.
Alternatively, parking is also available in the adjacent estate of
Monteviot which has gardens open to the public.
This standing stone at Woodside does certainly appear out of
place. It's location on the sloping bank of an old stream bed
does suggest it has been moved from it's original position and
there is some reference in CANMORE that it came originally from
"Stannin' Stane Field" which may possibly be the
adjacent field to the west. This would tie in nicely with the
setting of the standing stone at 061
Harrietsfield, less than a
mile to the north west along Dere Street, the Roman road. The
similarities between the two stones are interesting. Both are of
similar shape and size and are located within a stones throw
from Dere Street. A connection, perhaps?