The Blue Stone - Old Hartley

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    This is The Blue Stone at Old Hartley. This picture is important to me because my Dad used to sit on the Blue Stone with his friends when he was younger. My Dad was actually born in my Grandma’s bedroom in her house in The Crest which is opposite where the Blue Stone is. Questions that I asked my Dad: Q1: How long has the Blue Stone been outside of The Delaval Arms for? A1: It was resited outside of the Delaval Arms Pub in 1973, by Whitley Bay Council. Q2: What is The Blue Stone? A2: The Blue Stone used to mark the centre of the village when there was a Blacksmiths shop. Local Strongman and Legend William Carr used to lift the Blue Stone and carry it under his arm. When the old village was demolished in 1940 the stone was buried in a path, it was dug up when the new road was planned. This is how it ended up being resited outside the pub. Q3: Do you know anymore information about The Blue Stone? A3: At the time of the Black Death in 1348 it was thought that if somebody touched the stone they would be immune from the plague. The Blue Stone became a symbol of good fortune and it was said that to become a citizen of Old Hartley you had first to kiss the Blue Stone. William Carr was known as The Hercules Of The North he was born in 1756 and died in 1825.
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    What does this mean? Attribution-NonCommercial License
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    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Amy Anderson
    Last modified: 7 years, 1 month ago
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    Picture Taken: Unknown
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