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Mizpah Gate, High Street, Barlborough, c 1975
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The gates stand at the opening to Barlborough Memorial Gardens. The words above the gate arch are of the Greek alphabet and translate to the names 'Sophia and Makaria'. Above that is the word 'Mizpah' which can also be written as Miz'peh, and means watch-tower; the look-out. It was also a place in Gilead, so named by Laban, who overtook Jacob at this spot (Gen. 31:49) on his return to Palestine from Padan-aram. Here Jacob and Laban set up their memorial cairn of stones. It is the same as Ramath-mizpeh (Josh. 13:26). The Date on the gates in Latin Numerals is 1869.