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Hurdle Stone

Natural Rock Feature


Details of stone on Pastscape

(ST 67694804). In Hurdlestone Wood is a very large erect boulder of millstone grit, in a line with several similar but smaller stones. It measures about 18 ft by 4 ft by some 20 ft high and seems to have been placed on end artificially, though perhaps in the course of quarrying. The group seems to have been given the name 'The Hurlers' and the large stone 'The Hurdle Stone', though these could be inventions of Skinner, who first drew attention to the group. H E Balch compares the big stone to a stone at Avebury. (Crawford visited the site and gives a 6" sketch, but he expresses no opinion about the group's purpose or function). (1)
Chance Posted by Chance
17th April 2016ce

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