This magnificent marker/mile stone or stoop has recently appeared on the green lane between The Beaumont Arms and the Parish Centre courtesy of Kirkburton Parish Council [I think]. It is one of a set that are being erected in the 10 parishes controlled by KPC to mark the recently waymarked Kirkburton Parish Walks. The one based around Kirkheaton is Lizzie’s Lollop which is a 6 mile walk around much of the edge of the village. See kirkburtonparishwalks.co.uk for all 10 walks
There are two images carved into the stone – one seems to be a great crested newt [in celebration of the site’s close proximity to one of the largest colonies of newts in Western Europe and second looks like a copy of an Anglo Saxon carving.[possibly in the church]
The choice of the stone acting as a milestone to Fenay Bridge and Shepley seems rather strange as neither finger points towards a discernible track which could easily lead to either of those two destinations.