Title: The Legend of the Fonaby Sack Stone
Author: Eastoe, Caistor
Date: March 2017 scan of the original c1905 photo

The legend attached to the stone is that a peasant was sowing corn and a holy man passing by asked for a handful of corn to feed his beast. The peasant refused and the saint turned the sack to stone. In later years it stood in the middle of the field and no one dare touch it. The farmer had it dragged down to the farm yard which required all the farm horses to move it. The farm was then visited by all kinds of misfortune. The stock died and the crops failed. The farmer decided to put it back and it was dragged back by one old pony easily and the farm prospered again. For a full account see the book 'Lincolnshire Folklore' by Ethel H. Rudkin.

The card was posted in Caistor in 1905 by E.T.T. to the above author's mother, Mrs Hutchinson, at Clarborough Hall, near Retford.

It is believed that, today, parts of the stone sack lie in a hedge bottom adjacent to 'Stone Sack Field', Fonaby Top, near Caistor.

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