THE RUFUS’ STONE
IN Malwood Walk, about: a quarter of a mile from Stoney Cross, in the New Forest, surrounded by picturesque oaks, stands Rufus’ Stone. It marks the place where, as the legend runs, formerly stood the oak against which the arrow glanced that caused the death of King William Rufus. The stone was erected by Lord Delaware more than a century ago. It having become much mutilated by the “British vandal and relic-monger,” a Mr.
Bourne had it capped over with what Mr. J. R. Wise, in his beautifully illustrated book, styles “a hideous cast-iron case.” The spot is visited by thousands of persons during the summer months.