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The Old Ship

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The Old Ship, South Shields

The Mounting Stone

The Old Ship Inn on Sunderland Road, South Shields is reputed to be one of the oldest public houses in the town. The original building which stood here was a coaching inn on the road between Westoe and Sunderland, a place to rest, water, or change horses on a longer journey.

A couple of days ago I advised readers to look up to see the history of your town and it’s buildings, well, there’s an exception to every rule as this picture shows. If you are not carefull you might trip over a large object!

This, so custom tells us, is an old “mounting stone” placed there to make it easier to get into the saddle. So now you know.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/75 second, f8.0, iso 200



Written by curly

February 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. I thought it was an old lump of coal, to remind people of the mining industry. Nottingham is supposed to have the oldest pub in the country, with the Trip to Jerusalem dating back to the 11th century.


    February 28, 2008 at 8:13 am

  2. yes, people should look down sometimes as well as up!

    S Wilson

    February 28, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  3. I was told by a teacher at some point it was a meteor. Never quite sure if it was true though.


    February 29, 2008 at 10:19 am

  4. Iv heard no one really knows what this stone was used for or where it came from, there’s the story of the meteor and the saddle stone. Iv also heard that years and years ago the ships that left here full of cargo to sell abroad, would on their return journey put stones like this in the cargo hold to add weight that was now lost due to the sold cargo. This would provide the stability that the ships needed for the return because of our rough North Sea. From the docks the stones were put onto horse pulled carts and taken up to Cleadon hills and on one occation this stone fell off a cart.
    But I suppose thats just another in a long line of stories…


    August 21, 2008 at 12:40 am

  5. I thaught it was a mounting stone for riders as this aria of harton used to bbe a coach stop, and a rider fell off his horse and hit his head on the stone and died. his ghost is still seen there occasionally


    February 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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