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The Milestone Society

Established in May 2001, we aim to “identify, record, research, conserve and interpret for public benefit the milestones and other waymarkers of the British Isles”. Our members’ interests also include tollhouses, turnpike history and canal milestones.

The inaugural meeting of enthusiasts was held in October 2000 and the Society was formally established in 2001; charitable status was gained in 2004. We have around 400 members throughout the UK and overseas. The Society is managed by a national committee of up to twelve members, overseen by five Trustees; all are volunteers. They are supported by an Editorial Panel who produce our publications and specialist Advisers on various topics such as Conservation. None of our officers are paid; we buy in professional services when required. On the ground, work is carried out by local groups led by County Representatives. Specific major projects to restore milestones or to engage with local communities have been kindly supported by funding bodies such as Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Big Lottery.

The Society’s AGM and Annual Conference are held on the first Saturday of October – our Constitution - and more volunteers are always welcomed! Further information and enquiries should be addressed to our Hon Secretary: John Atkinson “Walkley” Walkley Hill Stroud Glos GL5 3TX (Registered Office) email: honsec@milestonesociety.co.uk

Please browse our website to learn more about the history of milestones and about restoration techniques, about our activities and our publications.

We asked member Connie Swann:
“WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF RESTORING MILESTONES?”

“As far as I am concerned, ‘Milestones’ is a handy one-word peg on which to hang all the interesting aspects of transport and life generally in the past.  The question of who set them up leads to turnpike trusts and roads, the increase in trade and travel that brought them into being, the frustration of those living on busy through routes having to pay for repairs to roads damaged primarily by travellers dashing past contributing nothing to the local economy.  What’s new?!!"


Read more from Connie's interview.....