The Watering Stone :: Shared Description
This large boulder is a Greywacke, a tough sandstone about three hundred and sixty million years old from the southern uplands of Scotland.
It was brought to the village by a glacier during the last Ice Age some 20,000 years ago.
For many years it rested in the Seven Springs which are situated below the church where countless generations of villagers stood on it to draw their water as it bubbled out of the ground.
The stone fell out of use with the advent of piped water in 1950s and was later submerged when the spring site was dammed to create the village pond.
The stone was dredged from the pond during a clearing operation and for a number of years it lay in the garden of a house in the village.
Because of its antiquity and geological origin it was decided by the villagers that it should be placed on view for all to see.
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Created: Mon, 4 Jul 2011, Updated: Wed, 6 Jul 2011
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