Mystery Stone in Nether Silton

In the field behind the church of Nether Silton, a village just a few miles south of Osmotherley, is a standing stone. Supposedly erected by Squire Hicks in the 18c on the site a medieval manor house, it contains an intriguing inscription:

HTGOMHS
TBBWOTGWWG
TWOTEWAHH
ATCLABWHEY
AD1765
AWPSAYAA

It’s still a bit of a mystery what the letters actually mean but one explanation is that they stand for:

Here the good old manor house stood
The black beams were oak, the great walls were good
The walls at the east wing are hidden here
A thatched cottage like a barn was erected here
AD1765
A wide porch spans a yard and alcove

Although this is attributed to the Squire it seems very odd to have recorded the architectural details of the old manor house so obscurely.

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