Commondale Hand Stone

I must have driven through Commondale a hundred times but it’s only on when biking I noticed this hand stone just west of the village. It lies on the old Stokesley to Whitby turnpike road and gives directions to GISBE (Guisborough), WHITBY and STOXLAY (Stokesley) although these inscriptions are a bit weather worn.

The stone probably dates from 1711 when the Justices sitting at Northallerton ordered that guide posts should be erected throughout the North Riding at all moorland crossroads.

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