Tuesday, 5 August 2008

A Derbyshire Mystery

Last weekend I visited my Cheshire family and went with Mother and Dad for a beautiful walk in their beloved Derbyshire Peak District. We parked the car at Middleton (which features in the magnificent book The Hike by Don Shaw) and walked through beautiful Bradford Dale.

Mother & Dad on a clapper bridge over the River Bradford

In the hollow leading down to the River Bradford we came across this intriguing piece of sculpture. Can any blogger tell us anything about it? We'd love to know how something so unexpected came to be there!
Click to enlarge and read the words

Old House in Youlgrave

Along with Auntie Kath, we also visited Tatton Park near Knutsford

where the Japanese Garden is a particularly beautiful feature


Gabriele C. said...

Looks like a TBR pile. :)

Sorry, I have no idea what to make of the sculpture, but the pictures are beautiful.

Sylvia said...

Hi Sarah,

I love that sculpture. It looks like a pile of books!

I thought you might like to know that my blog, Classical Bookworm, has moved. It is now located at http://philosophia.typepad.com/bookworm. Would you mind updating your blogroll link? Thanks very much. Sorry for the trouble!

Sarah Cuthbertson said...

Gabriele - Yes it does look like a TBR pile! Still none the wiser about what it means, though.

Sylvia - I've made the change and thanks for letting me know. I tried to access your blog at old address the other dy and wondered what had happened to it!

Sylvia said...

Thanks! I'm afraid my move was a wee bit abrupt; even Google hasn't caught up with me yet!

Rowan said...

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. The sculpture is intriguing and I don't know anything about it nor have I seen it. A visit to Bradford Dale is obviously called for and I'll try to solve the mystery. I come from Cheshire too - was born and grew up in Macclesfield. I had my wedding reception at The Wizard in Alderley Edge! Small world.

Elizabeth Chadwick said...

Sarah, It's a poem about a sheep dip and it can be found here at Sites of Meaning.

Sorry, I can't make it work as a click url, you'll have to type it into the address bar or Google for it. It's part of a milennium project.

Sarah Cuthbertson said...

Rowan - what a coincidence. I expect you find the area very different nowadays if/when you visit. The Wizard is now a rather posh and trendy restaurant.

Elizabeth - thanks so much for the finding the splendid link! This info makes it all the more fascinating as it's so informative about the sculpture and the idea behind it - as well as providing links to other inscriptions we must have missed on our walk.

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