Monument record MDR8453 - Guide stoop, Beeley Moor, Beeley

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This 18th century gritstone signpost is on the former Chatsworth to Chesterfield trackway. The stone is inscribed "BAKEWELL ROADE", "OFFERTON ROADE", "CHESTERFEILD ROADE" and "CHATSWORTH ROADE", all with 'hand' pointers. (1-2) This tall pillar is inscribed on all four faces, each with a destination given and a pointing hand below, with distinctive three fingers plus thumb. All four faces have the upper part around the text more finely dressed than below. The inscriptions are as follows: North face: 'CHATSW / ORTH / ROADE'; East face: 'CHESTER / FIELD / ROADE'; South face: 'OFFERT / N: ROADE'; West face: '_AKEWELL / ROADE'. The inscription on the north face is now difficult to read but was clear earlier this century. The 'B' of Bakewell on the west face has been defaced. Offerton is a traditional name, current in the 18th century, for Upper Town at Ashover; however it has also been suggested that it equates to Alfreton and as this is a market town, this may be the correct interpretation. The stone is probably of early 18th century date, as an Act of Parliament of 1697, enforced locally in 1709, required that such stones should be set up by road commissioners. The stoop stands at the junction of several hollow ways. (3) Photographic record. (4)

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  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Hill, R (PPJPB). 1985. Peak Park Treasures. D151.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Smith, H. 1996. Guide Stoops of Derbyshire. p. 78-9.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J (PDNPA). 1998. The Chatsworth Estate Historic Landscape Survey, Chatsworth Moorlands: Archaeological Survey 1997-8. p 137, Feature 21.8.
  • <4> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Colour photograph collection. Film. 17/1-2; 507:68-73.



Grid reference SK 294 673 (point) (Approximate)

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Jun 8 2015 10:49AM

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