Four Shire Stone

The Four Shire Stone is a boundary marker placed where the counties of Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire met until 1931 when boundary changes removed Worcestershire.

A Restoration project, to replace weathered and damaged stone, clean up the monument, and replace damaged railings has just been completed.

Five parish boundaries also meet here, so it is a significant point in the landscape. It is an impressive monument some 15 ft. high, built of local Cotswold stone, and dating probably from the 18th century. It is said to have been the inspiration for J.R.R.Tolkien’s Three Farthing Stone, which marked the centre of The Shire, wherein lived the Hobbits.

Despite much research in local archives, the mystery remains of who built it and when. If you have any information on this, please get in touch!

Grid Reference: SP 23037 32168

Postcode: CV36 5NQ

To find it: On north side of A44 Great Wolford Road from Moreton in Marsh

Listed? Yes, click here to go to the Historic England site

To find it on the Map: South West Warwickshire