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A flat slab of stone placed on the ground to provide a support for a wooden upright forming part of the structure of a timber‐framed building. A group of padstones is often the only archaeological trace remaining of such buildings. Originally padstones served the twin purposes of spreading the weight of the structure taken to earth through the upright while also raising the timber off the ground a little to inhibit its decay.

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