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Knocking post / hurter / pallstane / spur stones
- a stone post usually
2-3 ft high, positioned at corners of buildings, to protect
them from the mechanical damage caused by the metal hubs of cart wheels. They can be very
decorative. In Victorian times,
iron was often used. They are becoming scarcer and should be retained where possible.
Sometimes referred to as "hurters", or "pallstanes" (Scottish).
Round pieces of stone built into the corners of walls to prevent damage are sometimes
referred to a "spur stones". These are not the same thing as the large
stones often built into the corner of clay walls to both protect and secure them, for which there
doesn't seem to be a specific term.