Stone on Staveley Lane

Monument on Staveley Lane

Monument on Staveley Lane

On 4th November 1874, the Rev. Edward MacFarlane, curate at Handley, had visited his brother, the Rector of Staveley. As he walked home along Staveley Lane, he collapsed.

The man who found him suspected him to be drunk, but a little girl recognised the curate and it was later confirmed that he had had a stroke. The monument marked the spot where he died until it was damaged, removed and re-erected a few years ago – on the wrong side of the road. The correct position of the monument can be seen on maps from 1876.