Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1006085
Date first listed: 19-Dec-1968
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Stafford (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: SJ 87998 17704
Stone known as Webb Stone, 35m NNE of Lyndhurst.
Reasons for Designation
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.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: ST 187
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
Pastscape: 75321 & SJ81NE8, HER: DST5808
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing