One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A platform or framework supporting a stack or rick.
- ‘Examples of the latter, where a timber-framed threshing barn was built on staddles rather than a plinth wall, are typically of late 18th- to early 19th-century date and survive on the downland farms of Hampshire, south Wiltshire, Berkshire and east Dorset.’
- ‘I've seen another instance of a rick built on staddles being drilled with holes.’
- 1.1also staddle stone A stone, especially one resembling a mushroom in shape, supporting a framework or rick.
- ‘This unique building was originally a corn store, built in the 1600's and stood on mushroom staddle stones to prevent the vermin eating the corn.’
- ‘We only stock good, completely original staddle stones from the eighteenth century and earlier.’
- ‘From traditional staddle stones to troughs and bird baths, the hand crafted garden ornaments from RPB Stonecraft have an established reputation for being virtually indistinguishable from original antique features.’
- ‘We carry an extensive range of garden statuary and superb antique staddle stones.’
- ‘We have a large selection of staddle stones of differing sizes.’
- ‘Wiltshire police are urging owners of staddle stones to postcode their property after a spate of thefts of the now desirable items throughout the Gazette's circulation area.’
- ‘PC Henry Clissold from the Alderbury neighbourhood policing team is warning home owners with staddle stones outside or in their gardens to ensure they are secured.’
- ‘Opposite this doorway is a small granary that is on staddle stones and is the perfect resting place for the Labrador dog that happily ran up to lick our hands!’
- ‘Mr BW broke through it all when he gave me, for a Christmas present, a staddle stone.’
- ‘Tiles have been stolen from the roofs of remote farms and outbuildings, and heavy stone troughs and staddle stones, once a common sight in villages across rural Wiltshire, have also been taken.’
- ‘Primarily associated with the Cotswolds, staddle stones can be used to flank drives or as garden ornaments.’
- ‘Would that one-of-a-kind statue, a Druid sundial or English staddle stone be just the finishing touch to complete your work of art?’
Old English stathol ‘base, support’, of Germanic origin; related to the verb stand.
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