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016 Custom Stone, George Hotel, Haddington.

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Description
The Custom Stone can be found in a small public garden to the west of the George Hotel, in the town centre of Haddington. The stone is dark in colour and of a well rounded rectangular shape, measuring 0.90m long by 0.40m wide and 0.30m high. The stone formerly stood in the High Street, where a circular formation of cobble stones marks the site. It was removed to its present site a few years ago.

Directions
Haddington is just off the A1(T) to the east of Edinburgh and the George Hotel is to the west end of the town centre. This site is not indicated on Ordnance Survey maps.

Parking
In the town centre and surrounding streets.

Folklore
A small plaque stand beside the Custom Stone, displaying the following text:

"Custom Stone of Haddington
This ancient stone was for centuries
the seat of the Jacksman when petty
  customs were levied in the burgh."

Fieldnotes
I was of two minds about including this stone in the database or not. It's certainly no megalith but it does have a history and has been preserved when many stones have vanished over the years. Yes, it does deserve a place.

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Quick Info
Type: Named Stone
Nearest Town: Haddington
O.S.
Landranger Sheet 66
O.S. Explorer Sheet 351
Grid Reference: NT 5169 7388
GPS Reference: CUSTOM

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014 Maiden Stone, Traprain Law, East Linton.

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