Milestones, Boundary Markers, Historical Artifacts, Street Furniture, lost roads and buildings.

There are many traces of our ancestors scattered around our landscape. Mile Markers and Boundary stones are there too. The Milestone Society believes that there are approximately 9000 left in the United Kingdom. Some are cherished but others are hidden in hedgerows, some have been unwittingly destroyed by crashes, road equipment or even stolen. Roads have been straightened to make them safer. There are old gateposts still left in place, old buildings, and place names that declare an evocative past. The aim is to capture some of this information at least photographically before it disappears.

Although the Fylde Coast does not have ancient history, the Romans apparently struggled to Kirkham. There have been huge changes in the last two centuries from literally a a few fishermans' and agricultural dwellings, to a full blown tourist and light engineering industry.

More historical information can be found here about the Fylde coast.

It also seems that time has marched on and left what appears to be some very respectable buildings... which just should be used, but seem to have no worth.

Links from this Blog

Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Memorials Website dedicated to War Memorials - The majority in the North of England. Visits to churches, but also memorials in out of the way places.
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancesters from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Milestones in Penzance

No doubt I have missed a few, but we only spent one day in this fascinating Cornish town. I will build a Datastore page with all the "general" photographs there. Walked to Gulval and found interesting artifacts and milestones both there and on the way back.

Walk up the promenade until you reach the bridge over the railway line. When you cross the bridge and meet the main road near a garage you will find this milestone. This milestone shows Hayle 7 miles, Cambourne 13 miles, Redruth and Truro. This milepost has clearly, like many, has had a knock

This is the reverse side. 1 mile to Penzance and Lands End is 11 miles!
Not a lot after that!

This milestone is a little mysterious. It is almost facing Hannah Bennetts Water Fountain.
This means that it is clearly inside Penzance proper. Not sure what the 16 is, if in fact it is 16. Suspect it may be some sort of boundary post. It is in quite an exposed position across the road from the fountain.