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A Bakestone is an early griddle: a portable flat stone placed on or next to a fire to cook cakes of various kinds. It was usually oval and of slate or very fine micaceous flaggy sandstone ca.1.5-inch (3.8 cm) thick. Although stone became replaced with cast iron plate in the 19th century its name remained unchanged.[1]

In Wales, a bakestone, 'maen' in Welsh; 'gradell' in the north of the country, and 'planc', is the name for the cast iron or steel griddle used for cooking Welsh cakes, especially in South Wales.[2]

In Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire it was spelled and pronounced bakstone and used primarily to cook very thin yeasted oatcakes or earlier Riddlebread.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hartley, Marie; Joan Ingilby (1968). Life and Tradition in the Yorkshire Dales. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. ISBN 0498076687. 
  2. ^ "Welsh Bakestone Or Planc". Traditional Griddles and Bakestones. Retrieved 9 November 2013.