Historic Peak District border mark to be replaced

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A historic marker on the border of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire is to be replaced.

The top section of the marker – referred to as Stanage Pole on Ordnance Survey maps - close to Stanage Edge on Hallam Moors had to be removed for safety reasons after the wood rotted.

It dates back several hundred years and is thought to have been used as a boundary marker for the parishes of Sheffield, Hathersage and Ecclesfield.

The Peak District National Park Authority said discussions have now begun to find the best way to replace the entire structure.

Stella McGuire, the Peak District National Park Authority’s member representative for cultural heritage, said: “This has been a familiar landmark for such a long time and we will be talking to local people about an appropriate replacement.

“We had no choice about removing the top section because it was a danger to the public, but it’s fair to say that it has been replaced a number of times over the years

“There are some wonderful archive photographs of the pole and it must have been a very important marker for travellers, especially at times when there was heavy snow on the ground.”