A plaque bearing information on the history of a 450 million year old boulder which has stood at the heart of old Northfield for around 400,000 years was unveiled this lunchtime (8th October).

Great Stone Inn by Ell Brown on Flickr
Great Stone Inn by Ell Brown on Flickr

The ‘Great Stone’ currently sits in the (probably!) 17th century Village Pound, adjacent to its custodians at the Great Stone Inn, after being moved there in the latter half of the 20th century from its original resting place at the corner of Church Hill and Church Road.

Formed in a volcanic eruption hundreds of millions of years ago, the boulder was one of many, from Snowdonia in Wales, carried to Northfield on a glacier.

Today, local residents joined geologist Dr Rob Ixer who dated the rock, Rea Valley Conservation Group chairman Roland Kedge, local councillors and others who have supported the project in unveiling the plaque.

Northfield district Heritage Champion Cllr Andy Cartwright said: “Great celebration today – I was proud to support the unveiling of the permanent place for The Great Stone in Northfield. Fantastic turn out to listen to Dr Ixer explaining the history. Well done to Roland for making this happen.”

Thanks to David Fisher for images – click to enlarge



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