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Webb Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Bradley, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7568 / 52°45'24"N

Longitude: -2.1793 / 2°10'45"W

OS Eastings: 387998.060249

OS Northings: 317704.328223

OS Grid: SJ879177

Mapcode National: GBR 17F.1W6

Mapcode Global: WHBDZ.HYGY

Entry Name: Webb Stone

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1968

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006085

English Heritage Legacy ID: ST 187

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Bradley

Built-Up Area: Bradley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Bradeley St Mary and All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

Summary

Stone known as Webb Stone, 35m NNE of Lyndhurst.

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 July 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a stone which stands by the side of Mitton road, south of the village of Bradley. The stone measures up to 1.4m high, up to 1m wide and 0.9m thick and tapers slightly towards the top. The stone may be a natural glacial erratic erected upright at some point in history, possibly as a medieval boundary stone.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Boundary stones have a long history of use in the definition of the extent of land holdings, especially in places where the boundary was most contentious or less well defined by other features. The church was one of the earliest users of single marker stones to delineate the extent of their holdings. The very earliest examples, dating from the 6th and 7th centuries AD, were used to define sanctified areas such as the extent of graveyards or the bounds of a monastic site. Subsequently in the medieval period they were used to mark more extensive ecclesiastical holdings. They are important monuments which often provide our only source of information about past territorial divisions of the landscape. Boundary stones were once more common than they are today and are frequently referred to in medieval and post medieval documents, but most were simple and undecorated.

The stone known as Webb Stone 35m NNE of Lyndhurst stands as a landmark on the approach into the village of Bradley which is marked on the earliest Ordnance Survey maps and has local legends attached to it.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Pastscape: 75321 & SJ81NE8, HER: DST5808

Source: Historic England

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