Sunday, 1 October 2017

What a milestone!

Well, if you've landed here because you are interested in milestones in project management, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed, because this blog post is about milestones or mile posts, or way markers, that are usually to be found at the side of the road!! There's such a lot of interest in these wonderful objects, that there's even a society specifically devoted to them, and plenty of books and leaflets around.

Anyway, if it's roadside markers you're interested in, then do please read on - and even if you're not, do please read on!

Apologies for the silence over the last couple of weeks: I've been putting a concerted effort into my #100days #100wordsaboutloughborough initiative, and pleased to say that this has now successfully concluded. I've also been on holiday (yes, again!) so not easily able to post to this blog.

So, whilst I was away in sunny South West Wales, I spotted loads of milestones on the sides of several major roads, and most of them looked spectacular! This is because they have relatively recently (about 2003) been dug out and restored (see the article on page 16). Well most of them! I don't have any photographs of the lovely restored ones, but here's a picture of one that needs a bit of a paint (blurred because it was taken through the car window as we were travelling) and one that seems a little worse for wear:


South West Wales

Milestone South West Wales

Milestone South West Wales


Then there were a couple of other interesting types, one in Fishguard which was an iron milestone embedded into the wall which surrounded a church, and the maker's name - Maychurch of Haverford West - is very clear on the front of the milestone. As if this weren't enough, it was painted a lovely shade of green:


Milestone at Fishguard

Milestone at Fishguard


The other interesting one was made of slate, and is now the material for new milestones along the Pembrokeshire coastal path. Here's the one at Manorbier:


Slate milestone at Manorbier


On the way back from Wales we stopped off to visit relatives near Hereford, and spotted this lovely milestone at Hampton Bishop:


Milestone at Hampton Bishop

Milestone at Hampton Bishop

Milestone at Hampton Bishop

Milestone at Hampton Bishop

Milestone at Hampton Bishop


Well, that's the rest of the country dealt with, but what of Loughborough??

We do have some really impressive milestones, both in Loughborough itself, and very close by. Here's the one on Leicester Road, just outside the cemetery:


Milestone Leicester Road Loughborough

Milestone Leicester Road Loughborough

Milestone Leicester Road Loughborough

And, here's another well-kept one on the A6 at Dishley:





The one on the A512 just the other side of Shepshed looks a little bit worse for wear, and could do with a bit of tlc. Again, the maker's mark is clearly visible in the middle - Wootton Bros, Coalville:


Milestone Shepshed A512

Milestone Shepshed A512

Milestone Shepshed A512

Milestone Shepshed A512


If you know of any other milestones close by, do please drop me a line - I'd love to know about more!

One of the other things I've spotted around Loughborough are parish boundary markers. The nearest one to Loughborough itself is the one in Woodthorpe village, outside Renals Farm:


Parish Boundary Marker Woodthorpe village outside Renals Farm

And there are another two, very close together, on Brand Lane, Woodhouse Eaves, outside Longdale Cottage. Here's a picture of the two of them, and a picture of the Lane for a bit of context:


Parish Boundary Marker Brand Lane Woodhouse Eaves

Parish Boundary Marker Brand Lane Woodhous Eaves

Brand Lane


So, that's it! What? No? You mean I've forgotten the best one of all? No, of course, not! Here it is!!! This milepost has been moved! It is believed to have come from Shardlow, and appeared mysteriously one night whilst Harry Sheffield was the landlord of the Old Pack Horse, so that would have been sometime between 1912 and 1938! If you're looking for the distance to Derby, you'll find this has been buried beneath the tarmac!!! And a picture of the Old Pack Horse, where the milestone can be seen just underneath the "ly"!!!


Milestone outside the Pack Horse pub Loughborough

Milestone outside the Old Pack Horse, Loughborough, now the Organ Grinder



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