The Devils’ Boot

When the Devil came stomping through the Buckinghamshire countryside a few hundred years ago, terrifying the inhabitants and leaving destruction and chaos in his wake, a group of locals armed with clubs, pitchforks and an old sword gathered at the village of Soulbury to confront and stop him.

The Devil’s Boot, Soulbury

In the ensuing battle, they succeeded in cutting off his foot. As the Devil fled from the scene his disembodied foot immediately turned to stone. They left the boulder where it lay and it became known as “The Devil’s Boot”.

Over time the village grew around it and today it lies embedded in the roadway in the middle of a T-junction.

In 2016 a motorist crashed into it and demanded £18,000 compensation from the local Council. The Council decided to remove the stone as a health and safety and risk mitigation measure.

But the local villagers, like their predecessors centuries before, took up arms against their modern day opponents and threatened to chain themselves to their special rock and fight the council through the courts if it tried to move the Devil’s Boot from its traditional resting place in the village.

Like their predecessors they won the battle and drove off the enemy and the boulder still lies proudly in the middle of the road where it has been for centuries.

Less poetically inclined persons might try to tell you that it is a merely a “glacial erratic”, a random boulder originating from Derbyshire and deposited by the Anglian Glacier as it retreated up the Vale of Aylesbury 11,000 years ago, but we know better.

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