Crossing says that the name Wistman's Wood may be a corruption of Welshman's Wood which is an earlier corruption of //Wealasman's Wood// from the Saxon word //wealas// for foreigner.
The inscription on the stone reads ""By permission of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Wentworth Buller on Sept 16th 1866 cut down a tree near this spot. It measured 9in. in diameter and appeared to be 168 years old."