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The Duel Stone, Holt Road, Cawston, Norfolk

The Duel Stone, Holt Road, Cawston, Norfolk
Photograph taken 01 November 2001 © Mr David N. Gifford. Source Historic England Archive ref: 228007

This stone monument commemorates a duel fought on 20th August, 1668, between Sir Henry Hobart of Blickling Hall and Oliver le Neve of Great Witchingham Hall. Hobart was mortally wounded during the duel. He died the next day at Blickling and legend has it that his dying groans can still be heard. The monument is said to have been erected by W. Wiggell Bulwer of Wood Dalling. Neve fled to Holland after the duel which was fought without seconds (men to support each dueller) and therefore illegal. When he returned he was tried but acquitted. This was the last duel fought in Norfolk.

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