Inscribed gritstone square section guidestone, 1.6m high on the south side of the old Bakewell - Chesterfield road. Inscribed : 'CHEST - R FIEL ROAD', 'BAKEWELL ROAD'. There is a benchmark on the north face. The stone has, at one time, been white-washed. Photographic record. (1, 3,4)
On September 7th 2000 this stoop was re-erected in 'its correct original position' by members of the Holymoorside and District History Society. Its previous location was 0.8 km to the east near the entrance to Pudding Pie Farm (SK 307718), where it had stood for some years before 1940. After the war the local WI re-erected it in approximately the same place. When it was removed from Pudding Pie Farm, onlookers were surprised by its bulbous base (hitherto concealed in the ground) and its total length of 8' 9" (267cm), which means that over half the stone is below ground at its present location. The purpose of the stoop was to reassure travellers that they were on the correct route between Bakewell and Chesterfield. (5)
The 1st ed. 25" Ordnance Survey map shows a 'Stone' at Pudding Pie Farm, with nothing marked at the site where the guide stoop now stands. This suggests that the guide stoop had been at Pudding Pie Farm since at least the mid-1870s and casts some doubt on the present position being the original one, particularly since it is only 80m away from the alleged original position of another stoop marking the Chesterfield and Bakewell Roads. (6)
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Black and white photograph collection. 5.17-21.
Bibliographic reference: Smith, H. 1996. Guide Stoops of Derbyshire. p. 68-69, illust..
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 2334.1.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Colour photograph collection. Film. 507.76, 108.
Bibliographic reference: Smith, H. 2000. The Guide Stoops of Derbyshire. 2nd and Revised Edition.. E11, pp 74-75.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
Index: Higgins, J (The Milestone Society). County Milestone Survey.
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SK 3017 7204 (point) (Approximate)
BRAMPTON, NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE
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