Wishing Stone

The Wishing Stone - King's Walk © David Forward

The Wishing Stone – King’s Walk © David Forward

There is a stone in the wall half way down on the right hand side of King’s Walk a.k.a. The Tuppenny Tube, and it has existed for over 60 years or much more and was there when I was a child in the 1950s. It’s about head height and people reach up and touch it and make a wish when passing by. It looks very much to me like it is an old Stone Ball Pier Cap place on its side and with its base pointing out to the face of the wall and was probably placed here in one of the many rebuilds of walls around Malmesbury that over time tend to collapse at some point due to ground movement caused by many years of rainfall. The stone ball pier has its base hollowed out and is filled with lead used to attach it to a steel peg also held in place by a lead filled hollow in the column below. This is a common method of attaching fixings such as gate hinges, fences and other items to stone walls. So there is really nothing special about this oddity in the wall apart from it making a child’s day out more exciting when they are lifted up to touch it and make a wish. I’ve personally always known it as The Bubble Gum Stone as it always had pieces of chewing gum stuck to it when I was young, not by me I hasten to add, for one thing I couldn’t reach that high, so obviously, “It was a Big Boy that done it Sir!”