You should be standing on Shallcross Road – from here you can see where the road narrows into a single-lane track. This used to lead to the Shallcross Hall, the ancestral home of the Shallcross family who owned coal mines in this area.
Between 1644 and 1674 the government failed to provide enough small coinage. Local businesses and towns produced small denomination coins, halfpennies and farthings, which could be used locally. Richard Shallcross produced his own series of tokens in 1665. One side features the Shallcross arms and crest and the words ‘HIGH PEAKE COLE MINES’; the other side features a bird called a martlet in heraldry, holding a cross, and reads ‘IN DARBY SHEIRE’.
These tokens are sometimes known as Shallcross halfpennies or High Peak Halfpennies.
Shallcross Hall was demolished after a fire in 1968.