|place:-||Mona's Stone ?|
|site name:-||Mill Beck|
Winton parish, once in
Hartley parish, once in
A local guide book:-
... we arrive at a very historic Boulder Stone, where "Mona, the faithless," was slain by her lover. The boulder to this day, if water is splashed on its surface, still shows the blood staijns. This stone is in the bed of the stream to the right of the little foot bridge.
We have been told that a district which lacks a good ghost story or two does not possess a keen attraction for visitors. We regret very much we cannot give a good one, and yet at one time we boasted of quite a dozen fairly well conducted ghosts, but alas! either the efforts of our local poets (no disrespect, gentlemen), or through the inauguration of Parish Councils, &c. they have most successfully laid the lot. No, we believe threre is one exception. As this road used to be most prolific in the production of ghosts we selected it as our route this moonlight night, and also to call attention to the fact that it is the ancient track of the main road ...
We cannot ascertain whether now Mona continues to sit on the boulder, but we believe, from reliable information, she is a very well bahaved ghost and contents herself with sitting and bemoaning her sad fate.
|Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2008|