This is one of a smaller number of later guide stoops erected in 1743, only a few years before the bridleway was upgraded to a carriageway following turnpiking in 1759 as part of the Chesterfield and Hernestone Lane Head Trust. The gritstone stoop is 25 x 32 cm and 122 cm high, with 5cm high lettering. It is inscribed 'BAKE / WELL / ROAD / 1743', MIDEL / TON / ROAD', 'DRON / FIELD / ROAD', CHESTER / F IELD ROAD'. This stone was 'put back in its original position' in September 2000 by members of the Holymoorside and District History Society, who moved it from its previous position at the V-junction some 165m to the east where it had been placed after its temporary removal during World War II. (1)
The 1st ed. 25" Ordnance Survey map shows a 'Stone' at the V-junction, with nothing marked at the crossroads where the guide stoop now stands. This would seem to suggest that the guide stoop had not simply been moved to the V-junction during World War II but had in fact been there since at least the mid-1870s. This must cast 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. (2)
Photographic record. (3-5)
Bibliographic reference: Smith, H. 2000. The Guide Stoops of Derbyshire. 2nd and Revised Edition.. pp 72-73.
Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Colour photograph collection. Film. 507.77-78.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Black and white photograph collection. 5.22-26; 492.3-7.
Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 2335.1-5.
Index: Higgins, J (The Milestone Society). County Milestone Survey.
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SK 3019 7212 (point) (Approximate)
BRAMPTON, NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE, DERBYSHIRE
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