At first I thought these were guard stones, but then I realized their placement is not very typical for guard stones, which were placed at the corners of entranceways to protect the corners of the buildings from the wheels of carriages. Later I was told they are actually old cannon, […]Read More
Hitching Rings in Tallinn
I think these are hitching rings near a medieval door in Tallinn’s old town.
Guard Stones in Riga
A sampling of guard stones from Riga, Latvia. Btw, cannon are also used as guard stones in Riga.
Guard Stones in Tallinn
A sampling of guard stones in Tallinn, Estonia.
Lublin’s Guard Stones
From 1795-1803 Lublin was part of New Galicia, a short-lived administrative region of the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy. In 1803 it was merged with the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, but retained some autonomy. In 1809 Austria lost this territory, and in 1815 it became part of Congress Poland. A sampling of Lublin’s […]
Hitching Rings in Lublin and Warsaw
Lublin, Poland, still has some intact horse hitching rings. They are attached to the front of several buildings in downtown Lublin. These iron rings would have been used to tie up horses by people doing errands downtown. They probably started to fall out of use in the 1920s. I also […]
Hitching Posts in Chicago Suburbs
I’ve come across three old hitching posts in two northern suburbs of Chicago, including in the village of Winnetka. I assume they have been in the same locations near the curbs since the time horses were still used as modes of transport here. I also assume there used to be […]
Guard Stones in Winnetka
Winnetka, a suburb of Chicago, has a few guard stones that used to protect the sides and corners of walls from carriages.