The Rufus stone is a
memorial to death of William the Conqueror's son, King William ll, nicknamed Rufus. The
stone was erected by Earl De La Warr in 1745 and marks the approximate spot where King
Rufus was killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell, while hunting on August 2nd 1100.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century the stone had become damaged and was encased in
iron in 1841, which remains its present condition. The Rufus Stone is
triangular in shape. To view
the three sides and to read the inscriptions, click on the 'thumbnail' pictures just to
The killing of Rufus
was said to be accidental. The King's youngest brother, Henry, hearing of his brother's
death, rode to Winchester, seized the treasury and had himself proclaimed king by the
barons, forestalling the claims of his eldest brother, Robert of Normandy.
What are believed to
be poor Rufus' bones now reside in a mortuary chest positioned high above the choir area
in Winchester Cathedral. Unusually to see his final resting place one has to look up,
rather than down. He shares the mortuary chest with other early royalty including King
Canute and Canute's wife, Queen Emma.
Stone is not one of the world's biggest or best memorials but it is a good thought to
remember and to acknowledge the simple man who discovered the body and who, in his cart,
took the body back to Winchester where it was buried in the cathedral of that city and
that is thanks to ' one Purkis.'
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on the Charcoal Burner and the Purkis family click on the links to the right.
Please note that we have put what historical information that we have on
the Purkis family on this site, and we do not claim or aim to be the
family historians; rather we hope this site will assist others' research.
to find the Rufus Stone
The Rufus Stone can
be found in the New Forest, near the village of Minstead, in the county of Hampshire, in
England. The 'Stone' is situated in an attractive glade, (shown in the background
of this page and more clearly viewed by clicking on the thumbnail below ) just off the
Ringwood it is an easy filter off the dual carriageway and well signposted.
route from London direction
the signposted route coming
from the London / Cadnam direction, the driver must go a short distance beyond the Rufus
Stone and then turn back through a gap in the central reservation back onto the A31. With
traffic pounding down the main road, this can take some nerve.
recommended route from London direction
the London direction we would rather recommend leaving the M27 at Junction
1 taking the third exit (ignoring signpost to Rufus Stone back onto
the M27/A31) and take the B3079 through Brook. At the Bell Inn fork
left (signposted to Rufus Stone) and follow the road for some small
distance. You will pass the Sir Walter Tyrell pub and a
further 200 yards on is the Rufus Stone.
you key the postcode SO43 7HD into the 'Sat Nav' this will take you within
a few hundred yards of the Rufus Stone, taking you off at Junction 1 of
the M27 on the route described immediately above.
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