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Kirby, Saddle Road

Period: Unclassified

NGR Easting: 236320

NGR Northing: 476413

Description: Undated shaped stone.

The Ordnance Survey 1:2500 First Edition mapping of 1867-8 shows this feature at the side of the road, together with the annotation 'Saddle Stone'.

The origin of the stone, which is built into the wall at the roadside, is unknown.

It has the appearance of a saddle, hence its name, and local tradition held that people who sit on the stone and wish have that wish granted. There was also a tradition of riding it on May-Day.

Its edges are smooth and well worn, possibly caused by people sitting on it. As a result, tooling marks are not readily apparent.

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Site & Monument Type: stone

Category: National Monuments Record: Archaeological Sites [single-site]

Site ID number: 0685.00

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