front: Here stood the oak
tree, on which an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced
and struck King William the Second, surnamed Rufus on the breast, of
which he instantly died, on the second day of August, ANNO 1100.
right: King William the
Second surnamed Rufus being slain as before related was laid in a cart
belonging to one Purkis and drawn from hence to Winchester and buried
in the cathedral church of that city.
left: That the spot where an
event so memorable might not hereafter be forgotten, the enclosed
stone was set up by John, Lord Delaware, who had seen the tree growing
in this place. This stone having been much mutilated and the
inscriptions on each of its three sides defaced this more durable
memorial with the original inscriptions was erected in the year 1841
by Wm Sturges Bourne Warden.
matching arms: King
notes: Listed as a new shape
and illustrated in the 8th edition of The
Goss Record, where it also featured in an advertisement by the local Rufus
Stone agent. The advertisement states that the
agent could supply the arms of the New Forest in addition to those of
King Rufus so these might also be considered as matching.
The inscription is spread over all 3 sides of the model.
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