Brake Stanes at New Mill

Along the bottom of the old Newpark School wall that runs from Hepburn Gardens down the steep hill to New Mill there are periodically spaced stones that stick out from the wall.  The sleuthing of the On at Fife Archives History Detective has identified these stones as rare examples of Brake Stanes.

It is thought that Brake Stanes were used to rest the wheel of a horse-drawn cart upon when transporting heavy loads up and down inclines thereby preventing the cart from rolling down the hill. 

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