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061 Standing Stone, Harrietsfield, Ancrum.

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Description
The standing stone at Harrietsfield is situated in a cultivated field just under half a mile south east of Harrietsfield, near Ancrum and just over 100m west of the Roman road, Dere Street. The stone is four sided and reaches 1.40m in height and over 1.00m square at the base. The stone has an obvious fracture near the base on the north side and has a slight lean to the south. Around the base of the stone and also forming a mound running to the north, are numerous large boulders, presumably resulting from field clearance.

Directions
From the A68 (T) north of Jedburgh, take a minor road leading to Fairnington, about a mile north of Ancrum. The stone can be seen to the left of Dere Street Roman Road.

Parking
For those with vehicles, parking is severely restricted near this location although these are a few places where the roadside verge may be wide enough for safe parking without restricting other vehicles. The safest option is to leave the car at Monteviot House Garden and follow the signs for St. Cuthbert's Way, which follows Dere Street.

Fieldnotes
Although this is an interesting stone in it's own right, what really distracted me at this location was the profusion of large boulders scattered along this part of Dere Street. Even although I knew they were probably placed there as a result of field clearance, I could not help but look for patterns such as circles or alignments. There is one particular group of stones that looked just the part. These can be seen a little north along the Street in an area of boggy ground and reeds. The stones are partially hidden by the reeds and are also covered with many years growth of moss and lichen. They just cry out to be taken as the remains of a stone circle or other feature. Few of the stones here are earth-fast, although some are and look as if they have been there for some considerable time. Well, it's nice to be able to dream.

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Quick Info
Type: Standing Stone
Nearest Town: Jedburgh
Nearest Village: Ancrum
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 74
O.S. Outdoor Leisure 16
Grid Reference: NT 6344 2599
GPS Reference: HARRFD

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