Record Details

NHER Number:11081
Type of record:Monument
Name:Harold's or Herolf's Stone


Harold's or Herolf's Stone, or 'King Harold's mounting block' is said to be the stone on which the Danish chieftain Harold/Herolf stood to apportion land to local guids. Local stories suggest that the town of Harleston is named after this stone.

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Grid Reference:TM 2456 8336
Map Sheet:TM28SW

Full description

Glacial erratic in alleyway (Stone Tenements).
Called 'Herolf's Stone' or 'Harold's Stone' or 'King Harold's mounting block' or stone on which Herolf/Harold stood to apportion land.
See (S1) and Bolingbroke Collection. Both stories suggest that the town is named after the stone.
It is a roughly rectangular recumbant granite block about 2 x 1 x 1m with indentations on top, situated in a pedestrian walkway.
E. Rose (NLA), 11 March 2003.
D. Gurney (NLA), 17 April 2008.

NGR corrected from original TM 2458 8338.
M. Horlock (NLA), 27 August 2003.

Monument Types

  • STANDING STONE (Unknown date)
  • STONE (Undated)

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Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Record Card: Clarke, R. R. and NCM Staff. 1933-1973. Norwich Castle Museum Record Card - Miscellaneous. Redenhall with Harleston.
<S1>Article in Serial: Dixon, S. E. 1916. Some Earthworks and Standing Stones in East Anglia, in relation to the Prehistoric Solar Cultus. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia. Vol II Pt II (for 1915-16) pp 171-173. p 172.

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