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.
- ‘Mr BW broke through it all when he gave me, for a Christmas present, a staddle stone.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘We carry an extensive range of garden statuary and superb antique staddle stones.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We have a large selection of staddle stones of differing sizes.’
- ‘We only stock good, completely original staddle stones from the eighteenth century and earlier.’
- ‘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!’
- ‘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.’
Old English stathol ‘base, support’, of Germanic origin; related to the verb stand.
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