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A base or support, especially a platform on which hay or straw is stacked.

[Middle English stathel, from Old English stathol; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Agriculture) a support or prop, esp a low flat-topped stone structure for supporting hay or corn stacks about two feet above ground level
2. (Agriculture) a supporting frame for such a stack
3. (Agriculture) the lower part of a hay or corn stack
[Old English stathol base; related to Old Norse stothull cow pen, Old High German stadal barn]
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(ˈstæd l)

1. the lower part of a stack of hay or the like.
2. a platform or supporting frame for a stack.
3. any supporting framework or base.
[before 900; Middle English stathel, Old English stathol base, support, tree trunk, c. Old High German stadal barn, Old Norse stǫthull milking place; akin to stead]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.staddle - a base or platform on which hay or corn is stacked
pedestal, stand, base - a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp"
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ON one of our valuation days at our Southport office, a lady came in with photographs of some staddle stones and stone troughs she had, and wanted to sell.
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If all this is too flippant for you, the serious collector is spoilt for choice by about 200 years of decorative garden antiques: fountains, urns, sundials, staddle stones (or mushroom stones), birdbaths and jardiniAres' furniture made from stone, marble, cast iron, notably the famous Coalbrookdale products, and even garden gnomes - some of which do qualify as antiques.
There is permission to build a village house which will link with this picturesque, Grade ll listed building, still on its raised platform of staddle stones and set in about a third of an acre The granary has permission to be converted as an annexe to swell the living space beyond the three or four bedroom house, whose foundations are already in place.
Priced at pounds 350,000, the four-bedroom mid-terrace cottage is called Staddle Stones with an address of The Fold Yard, Hartford Hall.
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