This photo raises several questions: Why have the metric distances been erased from this stone? Was it an act of vandalism? Why have I suddenly become obsessed with photographing milestones?
If you are look at the photo I posted last week you will see what I mean. Alongside the traditional imperial measurement (miles) should be the metric equivalent (kilometres). It is my guess that someone was so enraged by the inclusion of metric measurements that they took their chisel to the milestone.
Also if you compare the distances with last weeks photo you will see we have moved slightly closer to Dover, only 65 miles now compared to 77 miles last week. This stone is locate on top of the North Downs near Cotman’s Ash, Kent.
I can’t promise that this is going to be a regular post for my blog, although I might be able to find a few more examples whilst out wandering. It doesn’t have anything to do with genealogy, except for the fact that it looks a bit like a headstone (which is why I took the photo).
Just by chance I had a look at the back of the milestone and found there was an inscription on the back which reads: THIS MILESTONE WAS PLACED TO COMMEMORATE THE WORK UNDERTAKEN BY KENT COUNTY COUNCIL AND THE COUNTRYSIDE COMMISSION ON THE NORTH DOWNS WAY NATIONAL TRAIL 1993
It is place by the side of a private road named The Ave, which runs across the North Downs, to the north of Westerham, Kent. We are heading towards Dover, so we only have another 77 miles to go!
According to the guidebook for the North Downs Way this stone marks the boundary of the counties of Surrey (on the left) and Kent (on the right), although I have not been able to verify this on the map.
Yesterday I passed another milestone in my family history, with the addition of the 1000th individual Family Historian.
I know a 1000 individuals doesn’t really sound a lot, especially given all the work I put into my family history, but I like to think in terms of quality not quantity.
All these 1000 individuals are as a result of my own hard work, not downloaded from someone else’s online tree. All of them (I think) have source records attached in one form or other.
There are many ways I could have boosted my numbers, but to me there doesn’t seem much point, I am not trying to win any prizes, and I have the rest of my life to add people to my tree.
The 1000th individual was Ann VINALL (born in Buxted, Sussex around 1851), the grand-daughter of my 4x great grandfather John VINALL.
Normally I wouldn’t have included her in my tree at this stage, after all I am still trying to trace all not 4x great grandparents not all their descendants as well. It just so happened that in the 1861 census my 4x great grandfather is living with Ann, her parents William and Louisa VINALL and some of their other children.
I could have just entered John VINALL, and left the rest, but I don’t like leaving a family half finished, as there is a good chance I might never get around to entering them for years.