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SPRING MEETING, 7TH MAY 2016
MIDSHIRES & EAST OF ENGLAND MEETING
SATURDAY 7th May, at COLLINGTREE, NEAR NORTHAMPTON
Our venue is a well equipped village hall on the High Street in Collingtree, Northampton NN4 0NE , a few minutes drive from J15 of the M1.
Helen Crabtree will set the local scene, Tim Jenkinson will enlighten us about bridgemarkers, Alan Reade will enthuse us about canals as well as the Highways Agency, Ron Westcott will take us milestoning abroad and Mervyn Benford will add a Swedish contribution. If you have photos of non UK milestones, please bring them along for our display board!
Plenty of parking at the pub opposite, “The Wooden Walls of Old England”. Doors open 10am for a cuppa and a 10.30 start. Admission £3 to cover hall hire. We will finish by 3.30pm.
Everyone welcome, please tell your local community groups -
Pangbourne stone restored
This Grade II listed milestone, BE_PGTH01 at Pangbourne, has had a turbulent recent history but is now back in its proper place and condition. For some fifty years it stood at the entrance of ‘10 Mile House’ built, probably in the 1960's, by a lawyer who moved the stone to his gateway. The lawyer subsequently died; the house was demolished and replaced by a large mansion. Derek Dutson, now 89, former organizer of the local Neighbourhood Watch, used the opportunity to seek permission from West Berkshire Council to have the stone moved back to its original position at the entrance to Flowers Farm Hill, today known as Flowers Hill, on what is now a tarmac road. Thanks to Derek’s efforts the stone was moved five years ago, listed building planning consent having been granted on 12 May 2008. However, when WBC agreed the point where the stone was to be placed Derek did not realise that it was on the perimeter of the soak away, hence the reason why the stone is only placed in an 18-inch hole. For security he arranged for the stone to be placed in concrete.
In February 2013 Derek approached the Milestone Society for advice on restoring the stone and this has now been completed as can be seen from the before and after photos. A necessary change has been made in the distance shown to Basingstoke. At some point in the stone’s history, possibly at the instigation of the lawyer when he moved the stone, it was re-carved as ‘BASINGSTOKE 16’. This is clearly an error as ‘Basingstoke 16’ survives two miles further south down the A340 at Theale. The somewhat haphazard lettering of ‘TO BASINGSTOKE’ reflects the amateurish vagaries of the previous re-carving and contrasts with the much more even and elegant lettering of ‘TO WALLINGFORD’ which probably remains true to the original shape of the lettering. All this goes to show that you are never too old for milestone restoration and set a challenge for those of us who are a bit younger.
Be seen and advertise the society!
High visibility vests are still available with the Society logo on the back. If you ever go surveying, restoring or maintaining stones or just walking, you can comply with H&S requirements, advertise the Society and attract the attention of passers-by, all in one go. See the picture.
The vests cost £5. Because of exorbitant postage and packing costs, they are only be available at Milestone Society meetings and other events. The next meeting is the AGM at Handforth near Wilmslow on 3rd October 2015. Whether the vests will continue to be available after that is at present uncertain. If you would like one, come to Handforth! All sizes are in stock from Small to XX Large.
Meet the milestones around Oxford 2
The walk includes two clusters of stones, related to the two turnpikes roads from Oxford to London via High Wycombe and Henley-on-Thames respectively and various boundary stones marking the former boundary between Headington and Oxford. Joining the two clusters is a wild-life corridor that runs mainly along the 'Boundary Brook' so you'll see a boundary marker that is liquid in addition to the normal stone variety.
Heritage Walk- Thame Ways
Walk the Talk: Ways and Wayposts around Thame, Oxfordshire
A short talk, mainly about the history of roads but with brief mention of railways and cycle paths over the centuries, a short tour of relevant exhibits in Thame Museum and a guided 3½ -mile walk around Thame and its outskirts. Approximately 3 hours in all.
Note: The talk is included only on specific dates. The first date is on 28th March 2013, 10.15am at the museum. A summary is included in the walk leaflet that can be provided, on request, at the Museum Reception. This leaflet also includes guidance notes on relevant museum exhibits and a map shows the route of the walk. The Museum opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. The walk on its own can be undertaken at any time and in all normal weather conditions.
Walk length: a circular walk of approximately 3.4 miles. 2 hours including pauses to view historic features. Full details are given below: click on 'Read More' to reveal them.
Grade: easy; mostly flat; one half-mile moderate ascent; all on tarmac or gravel paths. The route is suitable for wheelchairs but includes one staggered barrier where the cycle way crosses a minor road and some uncontrolled crossings of main roads
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Start: Thame Museum, 79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE
Grid Reference: SP 7044 0610
Finish. Priest End car park
Grid Reference: SP 7029 0623