The skills of those who carved guide-stoops varied enormously, as these pictures show.

  

   
Not a standard guide-stoop, this classical structure of 1805, recently restored, is at Ackworth: designed for the traveller on horse-back.   A very elaborate sleeved hand on a stoop on Lindley Moor Road in Huddersfield (1735).   A rather more primitive hand – at the junction of the B6118 and the road between Kirkheaton and Mirfield.

   
A nicely-carved hand at Sowerby Bridge.   Looks like an afterthought, perhaps by an apprentice who didn’t know what a hand was: at Stone Chair near Shelf; erected 1737.   Two different hand styles on the listed stoop at Farnley Moor End, near Thurstonland (1738).