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Making a plaque to recognise The Burton Stone
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An effort is underway (2007) to create a high-quality bronze plaque to be sited next to The Burton Stone to help locals and visitors understand it. We have performed some research that traces its roots back to 1575, when it was recorded as a city boundary marker in York, on the Roman road North-West. Later, in 1604/5, during York's worst plague outbreak, it wa used as a plague stone. It is believed that the stone may have originated from the ruins of the dissolved Mary Magdalen hospital and chapel, which was situated at the same road junction. This was Spital Lane, and was later named after the influential Burton family as Burton Lane -- becoming Burton Stone Lane sometime in the 19th century. The stone is a little sad-looking at the moment, but at least it has a protective wall and is a scheduled ancient monument. The pub of the same name is right there. We are attempting to get funding for the plaque (total cost £500) from the local Ward Committee and the pub owner, Punch Taverns. There is a smaller example of a plague stone in Hob Moor, on the other side of York, which is marked by a small plaque. Contact me if you would like to know more - Alan Rose. (acrose@waitrose.com)


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Posted by Alan Rose
12th November 2007ce
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