Humour and invented folklore collide in this lithic wonder: the Plassey Weather Stone. It is situated on a brick wall at the Plassey Holiday Village, Retail Park and Golf Course near Wrexham where my kids recently went for swimming lessons.
It comprises of a round boulder tied to a string and suspended from the top of a wall by a horizontal log. Above it, for no clear purpose other than to evoke a vague sense of ‘pastness’, are three milk churns.
Accurate at all times, the Plassey Weather Stone is there to be ignored, touched, spun orbashed into the brick wall (wear marks display evidence of this). Its associated plaque to be read and believed as sage folklore, found amusing or confusing.
I confess there is no real archaeodeath dimension here. Still, It relates to this blog because it is a good example of the material agency of stones to acquire circular logic; the strongest foundation to most stories about stones in the British landscape. The stone’s presence and materiality is indisputable proof of the divination functions it is purported to have: it is wet when it is raining, moving when it is windy… I wonder if in 50 or 100 years time the Plassey Stone will be considered ‘real heritage’. Perhaps it is already?