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A guard stone: a stone built onto or into the corner of a building or wall to prevent carriages from damaging the structure, often found on either side of an entrance to a laneway, or alongside a wall to protect it. Show/edit corresponding data item.
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The tag man_made=guard_stone is used for guard stones, also known as jostle stones. They were used in times of horse-drawn carriages to prevent carriages from damaging the wall, and to protect carriages from getting damaged. The majority are made from stone; some however are made of iron. Some of them bear survey markers such as benchmarks. They can be found on either side of a lane entrance or gateway. Sometimes, they are found in a row along a wall.

They are not to be confused with barrier=bollard, even though they might look similar, because guard stones do not prevent access (into a lane way).

How to tag

Add a node at the location (corner of a building, along a wall) and tag as man_made=guard_stone.

Additional tagging

Optional tags for guard stones are:


See Wikimedia for more examples from Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany and other countries.

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