Robin of Risingham
"Robin of Risingham" is a Roman rock carving located between Ridsdale and West Woodburn, and about ½ mile south-east of Habitancum Roman Fort. The carving of a figure holding a bow and a small animal (probably a hare) in his hands was first recorded in the 18th century. The figure is thought to be a depiction of the Roman deity Silvanus, god of woodland, in the guise of the Celtic god Cocidius.
This carving is a example of syncretism (the fusion of different religions and cultures) as practised in the frontier region of northern England during the Roman occupation. It is the only known example of a Roman statue cut out of solid rock in Northumberland. Unfortunately only the lower half of the figure survives as it was long since partially destroyed by the landowner at that time, after lots of visitors came to view it, trespassing on his lands. The partial Roman carving is a Scheduled Monument. A half size replica of the original was erected adjacent to the parent rock by the Redesdale Society in 1983.