Antique Staddle Stone Large Solid Sandstone Dating From Early 19th Century
Solid Sandstone Staddle Stone dating from the early 19th Century. In very good condition with no breaks or cracks and the all important lichen growth and beautiful aged patina. A stunning addition to a beautiful garden or for the driveway of an old, characterful house. Height: 72cm Diameter at Top: 54cm. Staddle Stones were designed to elevate buildings from the ground, predominantly granaries and hay ricks.
The idea behind them is that rats and other vermin could not climb round the overhanging top, therefore reducing the amount of crop spoiled by vermin. They also assisted in the lifespan of the building by keeping the timber beams away from the damp ground and creating a good airflow which increased the time taken for the beams to rot. The earliest known examples of stone Staddle Stones date from the 15th century, where there are mentions of them in the court rolls of the time. However it is entirely possible, and indeed quite likely that they were in use for some time before this, although they would probably have been made of wood at this time. The origin of the word staddle is in the old english word stathol meaning a support or trunk of a tree.
There appears to be some link between Staddle Stones and tenant farming. The idea being that if the barn was suspended on Staddle Stones, then it was the property of the tenant and not the farm owner. This Staddle Stone is very heavy indeed! You are most welcome to view our range of by appointment.
Due to the possibility of breakage, we recommend that you collect your item from us. The item "Antique Staddle Stone Large Solid Sandstone dating from early 19th Century" is in sale since Friday, November 30, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural Antiques\Garden". The seller is "artisancabin" and is located in Fareham. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.
- Decade: Pre 1890
- Material: Stone