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|Description ||The King Stone and its carving, which looks like: "bill stumps" with a large number '10' underneath. A line drawn across the '1', makes it look like a dagger or cross.|
It is a shame it has been vandalised in this way.
| ha ha, Angie, I was just wondering if anyone had seen the inscription, and you have, and what a wonderful picture it is! The cross to me looks original and the "O" perhps the vandalisation, as its not centralised, definately something stumps. Been here many times but never saw this incription before. hugs nic. x|
| That mystery got me searching fruitlessly, but I found this link on the internet: http://old.peakdistrict.gov.uk/stantonmoor.pdf to the pdf file for Stanton Moor Conservation Plan 2007. It was extremely long and detailed, and there must be a ref to the inscription somewhere, but a quick trawl through drew a blank. However, did take note of some interesting old photos/plans on pages 33, 35 and 88.|
| This inscription has been mentioned in the DAJ several times by Guilbert I think. The first "foolishly carved but well connected" describes how in Dickens' Pickwick Papers Mr Pickwick while on his travels comes across an ancient stone, and carved on it is something along the lines of "bill stumps this is his mark" and a date in 1700's. Can't remember if Pickwick buys the stone and tries to dig it up. Guilberts 2nd article looks at the life of Flint Jack and whether he possibly carved it.|
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