Gritstone guide stoop, 6ft high and 18ins square. Lying flat by the roadside [in 1983], disturbed by recent pipe-laying. Lettering worn, otherwise in good condition. Repositioned on the opposite side of the road, January 1984. 'To Chesterfield' is faintly visible on one side. (1)
This actually appears to be a milestone. It is a damaged sandstone pillar with curved top and four sides. The two long sides are inscribed but now badly worn/defaced. The eastern face reads (the place-name being only part legible): 'To/Chesterfield/8 Miles'. The western side is largely defaced but appears to have originally read: 'To/Rowsley/(?) Miles'. This script is partly overlain by graffiti, some also indecipherable, but including the initials JN. One of the ends of the pillar has the initials JC. The road upon which the milestone stands was first built as part of the 1760 Rowsley Bridge to Stone Edge turnpike, which branched from the Chesterfield to Matlock Bridge turnpike of the same date. The stone pillar presumably dates from the inception of the road, but was later replaced by a cast-iron milepost [see SMR 9853]. (2)
Unpublished document: County Treasure Recording Form. 16.15, with photos.
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SK 27678 65950 (point)
DARLEY DALE, DERBYSHIRE DALES, DERBYSHIRE
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