|man_made = guard_stone|
|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.|
|Group: Man made|
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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.
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Optional tags for guard stones are:
See Wikimedia for more examples from Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany and other countries.
- Wikipedia page about guard stones German Wikipedia ("Radabweiser"/"Prellstein") French Wikipedia ("chasse-roue")
- Jostle stones in Co. Clare, Ireland
- "This is why that weird iron post on South Main Street exists" Example from Cork, Ireland
- Radio piece on German radio station NDR on guard stones ("Kratzsteine") (in German)
- "die Kurve kratzen" - a German saying relating to guard stones explained (in German)