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Hodder Stones, Todmorden

Beneath the slabs of rock is a remarkable memorial, an inscription to David Hartley. See accompanying photo of inscription. The story goes: "The Cragg Vale Coiners (sometimes the Yorkshire Coiners) were a band of counterfeiters in England, based in Cragg Vale, near Halifax, West Yorkshire. They produced fake gold coins in the late 18th century to supplement small incomes". from weaving. David Hartley was caught and hanged 28th April 1770. (Abridged from Wikipedia which tells the fascinating story in detail SEE http:/​/​en.​wikipedia.​org/​wiki/​Cragg_​Vale_​Coiners The photographs shows a hidden located on the underside of a rock commemorating David Hartley.
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Keywords:1770, coinage, coiners, counterfeiters, cragg, crags, david hartley, executions, halifax, millstone grit, moorland, pennines, yorkshire

Hodder Stones, Todmorden