Recovered Hope Cross capstone to be refitted

Image caption The capstone was found by a farmer dumped in a roadside passing place

Rangers in Derbyshire are looking at ways of securing a capstone taken from the top of a Peak District monument after it was recovered.

The 270-year-old Hope Cross stone was found by a farmer in a passing place near Bradwell in the Hope Valley.

The National Trust said it was working with an archaeologist to ensure the stone was put back in accordance with the historical nature of the landmark.

Hope Cross marks the boundary of the villages of Hope and Peale.

National Trust senior warden Shane Bates said he believed the Grade II-listed stone had only recently been dumped because there was no snow on it when it was found.

He believes whoever took the stone used a 4x4 vehicle and had some method of lifting it off the monument.

The trust is now working with a specialist team to find ways of fixing the stone to the base before it is put back.

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