Somewhat sad and lonely stone, sitting defiant between the busy road and the lay-by. Hard to connect with it's surroundings, really, but as Norfolk and Suffolk have very little in the way of standing stones (!), I'll take this one.
[visited 30 July 2006] The grass verge had recently been cut, including right to the edge of the stone. It sits in the middle of a lengthy strip of grass between the lay by and the main road, opposite a public path leading alongside a wood and flanked by numerous wild flowers. Despite the fast traffic nearby the area around the stone seemed quite restful. The nail is still embedded in the stone but looks relatively recent in origin. I took a number of pictures as previously there were only two.
[visited 12/01/03] Situated on the edge of the A146 just before the Stockton sign as you come from Norwich. This is a sad little stone, missed no doubt by 99 percent of the people hurtling past on a reasonably busy A road.
I noticed there was the remains of an iron nail or something attached to the top of the stone, so it may have been moved from its original location or it may not be a genuine ancient stone at all.
And I also see from the photos a huge gash in the side. Was this stone moved from a field?
At the side of the road, near the boundary of Stockton and Hales, is a large stone, weighing about two tons, called "Stockton Stone," and in the ancient Town Book, still preserved, is an entry, dated 1645, recording the payment of a small sum for "putting stulps to Stockton Stone."
A stulp is a support or post. So it sounds like they were looking after it.