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Northern Spring Meeting 17th April 2016
AGM & ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015
THE AGM & ANNUAL CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY 3rd OCT 2015 AT ST CHAD'S CHURCH HALL, WILMSLOW ROAD HANDFORTH, SK9 3ES
At the northern end of the A34, the Manchester to Oxford/Southampton route, with wayside contributions from Paul Hindle and others. Doors open 10 for 10.30 till 3.30pm. Admission £3 includes cuppas; free parking in the adjacent Library car-park and on the roadside. Greggs, Tesco etc are nearby or bring a packed lunch.
The Committee has proposed some updates to the Constitution in the light of the Charities Commission's recent guidance, but an attendance of over 48 members is required to vote to ratify the changes. We failed to achieve this attendance at our May meeting, please come to Handforth and give us your support ! The details of the revisions can be found on the main website under 'National Meetings' - also available as hard copy on request from Hon Sec John Atkinson.
The Conference itself will begin after the AGM, around 11.30. Dr Paul Hindle is the Terry Keegan Memorial speaker and his topic will be 'Turnpikes and Maps of Lancashire'. Lots of displays during the lunch-break, followed at 1.45 by John Higgins on 'Meg's Money - the Confounding of Tollkeepers', Mike Faherty on the "Milestones of the Isle of Man" and Jan Scrine on the "Happenings along the A34 between Salford and Birmingham". The meeting will close at 3.30pm.
'The Travails of the Haigh Castings Mileposts'
FESTIVAL of BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY JULY 2013
Thursday 18th July: 'The Travails of the Haigh Castings Mileposts'
John Armstrong, supported by Bishop Michael, intrigued a group of parishioners at Charnock Richard, introducing them to the history of Lancashire turnpikes and then explaining about the dozen mileposts cast at the Haigh foundry.
Six of these still exist, although one was presented to the Earl of Crawford In 1974 and is located on his Scottish estate – he later donated a replica in its place.
The Charnock Richard milepost (featured in this picture and on one of the Society's postcards) was stolen but later recovered having been spotted at an auction. It is now well cemented in place...
Let's hope that two other milesposts that have gone missing in recent years will also eventually be re-discovered.
Fingerpost Restoration Exhibition
Duncan Armstrong, Lancashire county member and established fingerpost restorer, held an exhibition of his work as part of an exhibition of recent projects organised by The Forest of Bowland AONB unit in Dunsop Bridge last year.
Duncan provided a fascinating collection of over 100 pictures on display boards of local milestones, guide stones and fingerposts with hand written descriptions. There were many fine examples of Duncan's fingerpost restoration work, including this wrought iron fingerpost at Dunscar Bridge that is inserted in the top of a guide stone dated 1739. There were a number of these combined guide stone / fingerposts in the Ribble Valley, but this one at Dunsop Bridge is the only surviving example today.
Missing Milestone, Osbaldeston
One of our members recently reported that he had been searching for a milestone on the A59 in Osbaldeston close to Hawkshead Fold (Mrs Dowson's ice cream). The milestone is marked on old Ordnance Survey maps and can be seen on Google Street View with photography dated 2008. However, there is no trace of it now.