SO9208 : Staddle Stone, Througham

taken 11 years ago, near to Througham, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Staddle Stone, Througham
Staddle Stone, Througham
This staddle stone is outside the SO9208 : Cottage on the corner in Througham. They were originally used to raise hay ricks off the ground so that vermin (especially rats) could not get into the rick - the overhanging lip of the "mushroom" cap being impossible for the rat to climb round. Other references suggest that these stones (sometimes referred to as saddle rather than staddle stones) were originally used to grind corn upon. The ears of wheat being rubbed or rolled between a hand-held smaller stone and the top of the saddle stone. It is supposed (so I have read) that the characteristic domed mushroom shape was caused through usage, the top originally being flat - I'm not sure I entirely believe that.
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Saturday, 24 June, 2006   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 27 June, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 920 080 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:46.2369N 2:7.0403W
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