Cock Crowing Stone, Meltham

The Cock Crowing Stone is situated next to Wessenden Head Road on the flanks of West Nab above Meltham.


Curiously, there is no known folklore attached to the boulder, other than speculative rumours.[1]

Although the stone is not marked on any historic Ordnance Survey maps, it is sited close to a sandstone quarry marked on the 1854 map and may have been erected to mark the location of the path to the quarry. Alternatively, since there are no known historic references, it may have been erected more recently to mark the location of the permissive path to the submit of West Nab.

Other stones with the same name elsewhere in the country were rumoured to rotate at the sound of a cock crowing on a specific day of the year, or to be standing on top of a treasure hoard.[2]

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Notes and References

  1. No references to the stone have been found in the old newspaper archives for Huddersfield.
  2. The folklore often has a hint of a practical joke to fool the gullible, as it requires a person to be stood by the stone at an early hour of the day. In the case of a treasure hoard, the folklore might suggest that if certain criteria are met, the stone would become as light as a feather and could be lifted up to reveal the treasure.

Cock Crowing Stone, Meltham


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This page was last modified on 12 August 2018 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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