Updated 13 Jan 2009
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
The Guide Stoop, with Sycamore Farm behind.
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Hopton Guide Stoop.
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Many thanks Nick.
The Guide Stoop is on Stainsboro Lane, where it meets
the B5035, opposite Sycamore Farm, just East of Hopton.
A guide stoop is a stone pillar about 9 feet long with half
above ground, and at least town names chiselled on. This Stoop
was broken into three pieces by a car running off the road, it
was later repaired but is now wrongly aligned. It is the oldest
stoop in the Derbyshire Peak District dated 1705.
In the UK milestones of various kinds exist. Some belonging to
formal series, others not. For example, in 1697 William III passed
an Act decreeing that in the more remote parts of the kingdom, where
two or more paths intersected, local surveyors were to erect guide
stones known as guide stoops showing the way to the nearest market
Note how "Darby" was spelled as it is pronounced, not as it is
is spelled today. Have our American cousins got it wrong?
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