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Thatch and Staddle Stones, Wherwell, Hampshire. Photoo by Colin Smith

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sueswan

Thank you everyone and thanks waxwing for the info. Another reason for the Staddle Stones to be there is to stop anyone from parking their car on the grass. The original use as waxwing says is to elevate barns to stop the vermin from getting in. A lovely house and I'm glad you all enjoyed the picture and puzzle...Sue

cakes1947

Wonderful house. It's like a picture of the 7 dwarfs house and those are their little seats they use to just sit and relax on when they come home from the mines!! LOL Thanks for a great puzzle Sue .... & thanks waxwing for all the info!! :)))
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481110

What a wonderful place and such a fun puzzle Sue! I, too, would love to see the inside of this home - if it is half as interesting and inviting as the outside I think I could easily enjoy life here! I would agree with BribAnnie that the staddle stones are either decorative or functional to help protect against traffic. Thanks!!

waxwing

From wikipedia: Staddle stones (variations include Steddle stones) were originally used as supporting bases for granaries, hayricks, game larders, etc. The staddle stones lifted the granaries above the ground thereby protecting the stored grain from vermin and water seepage. In Middle English staddle or stadle is stathel, from Old English stathol, a foundation, support or trunk of a tree.

BribAnnie

beautiful house. Those staddles apparently were added to serve perhaps to protect the house from traffic. They could also have served to hitch horses or wagons if this place had been used as an inn or public house. Thanks for sharing this!

pelross

What a wonderful puzzle! Maybe the "dish" on the chimney means a media room underneath. I think a library with the technology toys would be nice; comfy chairs for us.

sueswan

Even I've learnt something, I didn't know the 'mushrooms' were called 'Staddle Stones'. I would love to know what the rooms are like inside especially the rounded room. Thanks eb...Sue

ebkrueg

Thanks Sue - interesting history to the "mushroom" stones - nice, warm room behind that chimney!

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