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Blue Stone

The Blue whinstone at Old Hartley, lies outside the Delaval Arms. The stone once marked the centre of the village of Hartley. It was possibly a Saxon boundary stone. At the time of the black death in the 14th century people believed that by touching the stone they would become immune from the plague. The stone became a symbol of good fortune and by tradition you had to kiss the Blue Stone to become a citizen of Hartley! William Carr, "The Hercules Of The North", was born in Old Hartley on 3rd April 1756. He regularly demonstrated his strength by lifting the stone. When much of the old village was demolished in the 1940s, the stone was buried. After a new road was built in 1973, Whitley Bay Borough Council resited the stone as near as possible to it's original position.[1]

Old Hartley Delaval Arms
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The Blue Stone - Old Hartley

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The Hartley Blue Stone, at the Delaval Arms
- "WILLIE CARR, THE HERCULES OF THE NORTH, 1756-1825.....Willie Carr saw no need to impose himself on others, but would regularly lift the Hartley Blue Stone, which still lies outside ...

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Old Hartley Blue Stone
- "...The Blue whinstone at the Old Hartley, near the entrance to the Deleval Arms Hotel, once marked the centre of the village of Old Hartley...."

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