Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Staddle Stones Unearthed At Wheathills

Above is a Staddle stone dug up in the grounds of Wheathills when the property was being restored a few years ago and their discovery emphasises the property's name and original use.
One and a half staddles were found, the others and their capstones being lost in the mists of time, and they took some digging up!

Staddle stones were used to raise store houses, barns etc off the ground and keeping the contents dry and vermin-free. They were used as feet and would have had circular stone caps on the top of them supporting the structure above. The rounded shape of the capstone prevented rats and other vermin from crawling up the side of the Staddle and gnawing through the floor of the (no doubt) wooden floor to the barn to get at the stored crops.

Closer inspection of the stone shows the decorative pattern left by the stone mason centuries ago when the Staddle stone was created from local Derbyshire sandstone.

Below is an image of how the Staddle Stones would look in situ.

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