Virtually unchanged in design for many hundreds of years, Staddle Stones, (also known as mushroom stones) were originally used to raise barns and granaries off the ground.
This kept the produce from spoilage by damp, and also prevented mice and other vermin from interfering with it, as they couldn't climb past the staddle stone caps.
Due to regional influences,they come in various types of stone with slight variations of form. They are extremely popular as garden ornaments especially in rural areas such as The Cotswolds and The West Country (UK).
In Middle English staddle or stadle is stathel, from Old English stathol, a foundation, support or trunk of a tree.
Staddle stones used as garden ornaments. Source here
An old barn supported on several Staddle Stones at Boscombe, Wiltshire. Source here
A building sitting on staddle stones, at the Somerset Rural Life Museum. Source here
Granary, Weald & Downland Museum. Source here
Granary on staddle stones, Lower Bottom House Farm, Chalfont St Giles. Source here
A haystack standing on staddle stones. Source here
Assorted staddle stones Source here
A set of 6 staddle stones for sale. Source here
Nowadays these gorgeous ‘mushrooms’ are used as decorative garden ornaments.
‘Mushrooms’ in the garden. Source here
Staddlestones along the driveway. Source here
Staddle stones as a garden fence. Source here
Where to find staddle stones for sale?
Here are only a few addresses of so many to find in the UK.
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