Call to adopt the Norfolk’s milestones

Nigel Ford, from The Milestone Society, is looking for more volunteers to look after the county's m

Nigel Ford, from The Milestone Society, is looking for more volunteers to look after the county's milestones. Pictured with the Ipswich Road milestone at the Keswick junction.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Communities are being asked to 'adopt' their local milestones in an effort to preserve an important part of region's heritage.

Nigel Ford, from The Milestone Society, is looking for more volunteers to look after the county's m

Nigel Ford, from The Milestone Society, is looking for more volunteers to look after the county's milestones. Pictured, the Ipswich Road milestone at the Keswick junction.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The Milestone Society is seeking assistance to help maintain the hundreds of stone markers across Norfolk to prevent them from being damaged.

It is hoped that, by doing so, the society will be able to continue work on renovating other milestones across the county.

Member Nigel Ford said the markers risked being chipped and scratched by strimmers as they become overgrown with vegetation.

He said: 'Over the past five to six years we have restored about 150 milestones and some of the first ones are getting to the stage where they need re-doing. But we don't have time to do all of them.'


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Mr Ford said by enlisting the public to help with their maintenance it would allow members to carry out other work.

'This will allow Milestone Society members the time to continue renovating other neglected milestones rather than spending time maintaining those already completed,' he said.

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There are around 370 milestones in Norfolk and many date back to the mid-1700s when turnpike roads were the fastest mode of travel.

The society has been able to restore a large number of these markers thanks to the help from communities across the county.

David Gurney, from Norfolk County Council's environment team, said: 'Milestones are a very important part of our roadside heritage, and we welcome the involvement of local people, communities and schools in helping the society to care for and preserve them for posterity.

'Over many years Nigel and the society have located, mapped, recorded, repaired and repainted hundreds of stones, but there's a great deal of work to be done each year to keep them visible and safe.'

There are around 10 members in the Norfolk branch.

To help, contact Nigel Ford at legindrof@btinternet.com

Do you have a heritage story? Call Luke Powell on 01603 772684

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