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.
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 ClarkThe 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.
This is the only milestone on the A59 I managed to photograph. The road is narrow and bendy. I spotted at least 3 others on the route. Seems to be made out of cast iron and a little unusual because it is pinned to the stone behind. This makes for a very firm installation. The inscription reads "SKIPTON AND CITHEROE ROAD - MARTONS BOTH. the left face reads "SKIPTON 5 MILES" and the right face reads "CLITHEROE 13 MILES"
The map reference is 391542 450626.
More to follow on this road.
Roads and Artifacts - did I not mention canals! Well had to go to Kanban in Shipley for card and crafting materials with the wife. I hadn't investigated earlier, but I couldn't resist taking the camera. So here are the canal milestones as well as the half milestone. Never seen a half milestone before!
Liverpool 115 miles
11 miles to Leeds
12 Miles to Leeds
116 miles to Liverpool
I walked a couple of miles towards Leeds! I have also photographed some of the interesting parts of the canal including a bridge over the canal for trains and also a pedestrian bridge. But these are in the Datastore associated with this page.You may notice that the canal milestone that says LPool 115 miles is one of the milestones on the homepage of the Milestone Society. The pictures on the left are the same mile post situated on Dockfield road rightoutside the factory. The panaramio reference is here. I have also photographed a canal milepost in Adlington. This is also on the same canal. There is lots more information on this website. Superb if you are going to do a cycle or run down the canal. On my second visit I headed the opposite way down the canal, found these mileposts too. None labelled but now part of the Greenway