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The Buckstone

Rocking Stone


We regret to have to record that this curiously poised stone has been thoughtlessly overthrown; and though H.M. Commissioners of Woods and Forests propose to replace it in position, it will never be a rocking stone again.

[...] A correspondent in a local paper thus describes the method by which its restoration is intended to be effected:
"Two cranes will be placed on the hill above where the stone originally stood, and two cranes on the lower level. The chief mass weighs about forty tons, and lies from 20 to 30 ft. down the hill. The top slab (strata) has slipped off, and fallen just beyond the stone, right side up, while the stone is upside down. The projecting corner has been broken off, and is of a triangular shape, about 10ft. wide, and lies but a short distance from its original position. The pivot upon which it rocked is still on the foundation, having slipped only about 2 ft. 10 ins. down the table-rock.

"Chains for the four cranes will be first attached to the chief mass, which will then be 'skidded' up baulks of timber to a position near where the broken corner lies. The corner will be affixed by means of a special kind of concrete, in which glue and wax are used, the ordinary concrete being liable to burst in frosty weather. The stone and corner will then be bound with iron, which will, however, be removed when the concrete has set. While the latter process is going on, a key-stone will be let into the original base, which will then be placed in its original position.

"In order to supply the place of pieces carried away by visitors, and sent to all parts of the kingdom, some rocks lying near, of exactly the same nature, will be ground up and mixed with concrete; and this will be put into the vacancies, in accordance with photographs taken from different points, when the stone stood in its original form."
From 'Archaeologia Cambrensis', July 1885 (p225-7).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
31st August 2012ce

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