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Cast in Stone

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From the giant stone pillars at Stonehenge, the Roman baths in Bath, and the elegant Georgian squares of London, five thousand years of English history has been carved in English stone. However, on our travels across southern England we’ve come across some smaller, but equally significant, stone artifacts that have survived as reminders of life in a bygone age.
Do you know what these buildings and objects were for?

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All small towns had one of these, usually in the middle of a river bridge.
Answer - It is a lock-up where prisoners and drunks were held till the magistrate arrived.
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There were many of these roadside buildings – a few are still in use.
Answer - a tollgate.
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This could be a tight squeeze in Jersey.
Answer - an apple press for cider making.
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This is a “squint” but what was it for?
Answer - Squints were let into the wall high above the main rooms in medieval houses. The master, or a guard, could look down on the guests through the squint's mouth to make sure that no enemies were present. Hence the term, "Take a squint'"
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Thirsty? Neigh!
Answer - a horse trough.
This week’s prize is tea in Tiverton with a Tiller Girl - airfare not included. (Sorry we can’t arrange lunch with a lord).
The winner is Roy with the highest score - get packing Roy... tea awaits.

Posted by Hawkson 01:16 Archived in England

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I'll have a guess that number one above is a senty
box, number 2 a church, number 3 a mill wheel for grinding grain, number 4 a drinking fountain and number 5 a horse trough.
Cheers, Kaye

by Kaye Thomson

1-cooling house for? 2.roadside chapel 3. press for grapes, tomatoes or the like 4. Loved this one. Hard for me to diagnose a squint when the thing's eyes are closed but it has to be an optical device--peephole for viewing something? 4. nice clue--has to be a horse watering trough.

by R and B

I have no idea what any the buildings are, but I would go for water fountain with the grimace. I can't resist saying, however, that I am relieved that two previous comments assured me that your question wasn't greeted by stoney silence. And for that remark the prize should be a throttling by the Tiller girl! Nice to see Sheila looking so content over the tea. What a great room it was too.

by Tom

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