Last milestone is put in place, near Old Hunstanton, after restoration

Nigel Ford and Miranda Skillings at the restored milestone: Picture David Bale


It has taken several years, but the last of 14 milestones to be restored on the north Norfolk coast has now been installed.

The landmark, which says 17 to Lynn, was returned to its former glory by the Milestone Society, and was put in place, with the help of a JCB, on the A149, near Old Hunstanton yesterday.

Society member Nigel Ford said: “This completes the full set of 14 milestones between Wells and Old Hunstanton.

“Some were buried and lost, broken and generally neglected. Three were initially painted by 
local children and one with the 
help of a lad on holiday from Australia.”

The Old Hunstanton milestone had its top knocked off by a flail cutter about 30 years ago.

Despite a local appeal, the society was unable to find it until one of its members, Martin Skillings, dug up the hidden bottom section last 

Stonemasons identified it as being Ancaster stone, from Lincolnshire, and they collected a piece of stone from the quarry where it came from in the mid-1880s.

Mr Ford added: “The new top was shaped and lettered by Jack Rolfe, a stone conservator, and joined using resin and stainless steel rods.

“Miranda Skillings painted and lettered the completed milestone.”

The £800 project was funded by Norfolk County Council, Old Hunstanton Parish Council, the Le Strange Estate, J and J Wilson Shops, residents’ donations and sales of the society’s Moving Miles books.

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