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Runic Inscriptions

20 21 This fragment of a larger runestone was discovered in the structure of the Kirkheaton Church in Kirkheaton village, Yorkshire. This piece of stone was reused as raw material by earlier masons in the rebuilding of the church. This same fate befell many other runestones which were only used for their practical value by the later stonemasons. This fragment, difficult to date, records the Old English passage Eoh made this, and seems to have once belonged to a larger upright runestone memorial or otherwise of that period. Interestingly this runecarvers name is also cognate with Eoh, the rune representing the yew tree. The word Eoh is also a common noun meaning horse or stallion, identical in meaning with other AngloSaxon names such as Hengist and Horsa, the legendary leaders of the first AngloSaxon settlers in Britian. Displayed in the Tolson Memorial Museum in Huddersfield it is one of the few AngloSaxon runestones bearing the signature of the runecarver. the KIrKheAton stone carved by yew know who eoh woro ht
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