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|Description ||The stone has got a folktale legend concerning it reported by Michael Burgess who met with the grandchild of the local Lord of the manor, owner of the land. The tale recalls that 'if the stone were to be removed it would cause waters to rise up to flood and cover the whole earth'. This is similar to Essex farmer's stories but a little reversed since it was the belief that any large stone found in the fields should be removed, else it could soon block water up in a stream or ditch and cause flooding to the crops in the field. Also remembered is when the enterprising Lord gathered the villagers together to remove the stone from the field. Try as they might they failed to get it to budge from the pit and remains there safely today without risk of a flood. [had it been a year of drought ?]. It certainly makes a good line up with the Cowell and Drymere stones on the Peddars Way trackway giving rise to the belief that despite being glacial eratics they were also placed as guidestones. This stone was unknown to Ernest Rudge in his day when investigating this area, I wonder what he would of made of it. Do read Gabriel Blamires 'Guidestones to the Great Langdale Axe Factories'.|
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