Wednesday, 6 March 2013

H is for Hob Moor

Hob Moor is an area of open grazing that forms part of Micklegate Stray, it is also a local nature reserve. These two stones can be found on Little Hob Moor, the taller stone is The Hob Stone, the smaller stone is a Plague Stone.
The Hob Stone is an effigy carved around 1315 of a knight of the Roos family. It was placed on the Moor in 1717 and the inscription on the back read:
This Image Long Hob's Name has Bore
Who was a knight in time of Yore
and gave this Common to ye Poor
Bubonic Plague victims were housed on the moor in 1604. They payed for food brought to them by leaving coins in vinegar in the hollow centre of the small stone in the grass. The vinegar was thought to make the money safe to handle by those who were plague free.
Taking part in ABC Wednesday


  1. Interesting bit of history!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. sounds like a difficult life for those poor souls
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Great bit of history though I doubt picking up a coin would have passed on the plague I thought it was airborne.

  4. You have so much history there!

  5. They both look well worn from the years.

    abcw team

  6. Love this sort of history. The stone looks its age :).

  7. You always have such interesting information to go along with your photos. Nice choice for the letter H.

  8. Wow, that's really interesting.
    Thank you for the history lesson.

  9. What a Haunting piece of History. I love the photo, just can't imagine what the devastation was like.

  10. Such a very interesting historical part of your place.

    Haghpat Monastery, Armenia

    Catching up with letter H entries.
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  11. I love the history bits! Thank you.

  12. I had never heard about them using vinegar to disinfect.

    An Arkies Musings


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