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054 Refuge Stone, Westfield, Torphichen.

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Another of the so-called "Refuge Stones" of Torphichen Preceptory the stone at West field measures 1.10m high x 0.53m thick x 0.40m wide and is located in a small hillock above the River Avon, near Westfield. The stone is an undressed sandstone boulder and a Maltese cross was believed to have been formerly engraved on it. This stone was actually missing for a number of years and was believed to have fallen into one of the Home Guard trenches dug there during the Second World War. However, excavation and survey work in 1998 revealed the stone and it was later re-erected in its original location. The stone may have originally been part of a larger stone-built possibly prehistoric structure.

From Westfield village, head east along the B8047 towards the A801. Leave your vehicle at the fish feed factory, enjoying the pleasant air  and walk back down the road towards Westfield. Cross the road and enter the field at the gate. Follow the field boundary to the wood to the west and the stone will be seen a few metres into the wood. Note that the area may be under dense vegetation depending on the time of year.

With permission at the fish feed factory or in Westfield village.

Even with the GPS I had some difficulty initially finding this stone but eventually located it in dense vegetation just inside the wooded area along the River Avon. Actually the stone was barely visible and only after some light gardening work was I able to see the stone clearly.

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Type: Named Stone
Nearest Town: Bathgate
Nearest Village: Westfield
Landranger Sheet 65
O.S. Explorer Sheet 349
Grid Reference: NS 9437 7211
GPS Reference: WESTFD

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