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staddle

1. A rack or supporting framework placed beneath a stack, such as a haystack.
2. Any similar supporting framework.
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Staddle stones were made out of different types of stone depending on the area they were made in, Originally used as supports for the bases of wooden granaries, the idea was to lift the granaries above ground level, thereby protecting the stored grain from water seepage and vermin.
Smaller staddle stones were made and used to support small roofed box-shaped larders used on large estates for storage of game from shooting expeditions.
ON one of the valuation days at our Southport office, a lady came in with photographs of some staddle stones and stone troughs she wanted to sell.