Bidston Hill - Dr Stoop's Stone
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In the latter part of the 18th Century, Wirral was a very wild and desolate place. When dusk descended it was also a dangerous place and strangers would soon get lost.
A medical man, Dr Haughton, had patients in the parishes of West Kirby, Woodchurch, Tranmere, Wallasey, Birkenhead and Bidston. He had to make numerous journeys by night and day, often getting lost especially during night-time or when it was misty. For guidance he erected a stone gatepost, called in country dialect a “stoop” and thus originated a nickname for himself “Dr Stoop”.
You will need to follow in Dr Haughton’s footsteps to find his stoop stone. This sandstone block is somewhere on the North side of Upton Road, between the junction with Boundary Road (see waypoint below), and the roundabout with Vyner Road North (waypoint below and at top of listing). Do not attempt to look for it if driving on Upton Road, as it’s a very busy road at all times.
Once there, you will find the cache in an obvious place just 8 feet away from Dr Stoop's stone and six feet back from the road.
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