This is a boundary stone. It marks the spot where the parishes of Penrith and Edenhall meet. It stands in a field not far from my new house (did I mention I was moving?).
Most people don’t notice it’s there, but once it was probably quite important – the carved letters telling wanderers where they were… or something. But who did the carving? It’s quite neat, was it his (or her) only job? Did they carve it in situ, with the sheep for company, or somewhere else? How did it get there?
If he (or she) knew that someone would be admiring their letters so many years in the future, do you think they’d have done it differently?