A selection of local guide stoops.
Guide stoops were typically tall stone makers with directions carved into one or more sides, usually with the distance in miles. According to some sources, they were introduced in the early 1700s following a public outcry when a mother and her two children perished on the moors above Sheffield one winter after becoming lost. Local parishes typically erected them at crossroads or on inhospitable moorland to guide travellers who were unfamiliar with the area.
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