Picture puzzle: can you sole the mystery of the stones?w

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I have walked and driven round Derbyshire over the past 5o odd years and wonder if anyone can tell me something about the significant gate posts (see photo )that I’ve spotted preserved, but neglected, in this area of Derbyshire.

This one is preserved behind The Old English, in front of the new coffee shop, in Matlock. Most are in slightly more rural locations.

There is a pair at Godfrey Hole out side a house on the road between Wirksworth and Carsington and another pair out side Sainsburys at Ripley almost like toll gates by a piece of disused road.

Two stand alone in a field on the east side of the B6179 between Kilburn Toll Bar and Coxbench and there is one beside the Derwent on the footpath between The Bridge Inn at Duffield and the old Peckwash mill site . I also spotted a pair at the side of the road in the Golden Valley area.

Their sturdy imposing style makes me feel they were important in their time. I would like to know more.

Liz Ormond



Can you help to solve the mystery? Email what you know of the stones to news@matlockmercury.co.uk, write to Matlock Mercury, Spire Walk, Derby Road, Chesterfield, S40 2WG, alternatively you can leave letters at the Mercury drop box at Bridge News, Matlock.