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.
Last year I used try and walk home from work on a Friday evening, it was a wonderful way to start the weekend. Today it was the other way around, I was making my way into Horsham to pick up some shopping. I also had a couple of other things to do on the way.
This week I have been sorting through GASSON files and came across a monumental inscription which I had transcribed back in March 2003. I discovered that I didn’t have a photo of it, and I am not even sure that I had a digital camera seven years ago.
Not only that, my transcription was different from that provided by the Sussex Family History Group. I felt I should visit Nuthurst, Sussex and get a photo of the headstone and check the inscription. Whilst I was in Nuthurst I also wanted to take a look at New House Farm, where my ancestors were living in the 1841 census.
I had a nice walk, the weather wasn’t brilliant to start with, lots of cloud with the occasional break that let the sunshine through (at least there wasn’t any volcanic ash!). The route was a bit further than my walk home used to be, about 10 miles in all, and I didn’t quite make it all the way to Horsham (I caught the bus for the last little bit).
It was good to get out and forget about job hunting for a few hours, enjoy a bit of sunshine and do a bit of genealogy as well. Just the sort of thing a wandering genealogist should be doing. Plus I got plenty of photos and things to write about along the way, like the one below of the primroses along the side of the disused railway line south of West Grinstead.