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A datestone.

A datestone is typically an embedded stone with the date of engraving and other information carved into it. They are not considered a very reliable source for dating a house, as instances of old houses being destroyed and rebuilt (with the old date stones intact) have been reported, or may in some cases be the date of a renovation or alteration.[1]

Specific locations have often been chosen for datestones, viz.

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  1. ^ Lindop, Roy (1975). Stories of Turton Date Stones. Turton Local History Society. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-904974-01-7.