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The Milestone Society

Finding/Where are Milestones

Find details of milestones, guide stones, boundary markers, fingerposts, toll houses and AA signs!

  • You can find information about the variety of interesting things in an area on Geograph – we have our own presence on the site.
  • You can also enter ‘milestone’ in the general ‘search images’ box and a location, on the homepage, then you will see them listed and also displayed on GoogleEarth mapping .
  • If you want more comprehensive information, our own ‘Repository’ contains details of over 25,000 items and 17,000 photographs, including canal milestones and wayside crosses, each contained in separate ‘layers’ for downloading into Google Earth mapping. Full instructions are given, too – click here: http://www.msocrepository.co.uk/
  • Even more comprehensive information from our database is provided in Excel Spreadsheet format; for our 25,000 records, there are up to a dozen pieces of information about each artefact – essential for Conservation Officers, Highways Engineers and researchers! Click here for the full spreadsheets shown by location.
  • Our databases are also incorporated in the Historic Environment Records run by Historic England (part of the former English Heritage); look on the Heritage Gateway.
  • If you have information about a new find or a milestone that has been lost, please email the details and any images to mf@milestonesociety.co.uk
  • Please note: Much of the information in our databases is provided by volunteers; locations may not be described accurately, environmental conditions change, waymarkers suffer damage or may be restored. The Society accepts no liability for the accuracy of such information or for any action resulting from using or relying on such information.

Missing milestones, vandalism and theft

A major concern of the Society is the loss of our milestone heritage through deliberate theft, which in view of the massive weight of stones or posts most often involves the plates recording mileages attached to the stones. Milemarkers in place are the property of the authority responsible for the upkeep of the road and unauthorised removal of any part of them therefore constitutes a crime.

The information on this website can help to identify stolen material which may appear at car-boot sales, antique fairs, private properties, etc and even advertised on commercially-based websites. The fact that reliable records with photographs are now being made and an inventory of the nation's milestones collected and recorded on searchable computer databases should help to deter future losses, since identification and proof of provenance should be a straightforward matter.

Members who are aware of theft of a milestone or milepost are urged to report the theft to the police and, importantly, to get a crime number. Also, it is useful to report it to Salvo, where a register of such stolen items is advertised - please contact Rob Caldicott, the Society's theft co-ordinator.

Policy Guidance: Theft & Loss of Milestones, Mileposts, Fingerposts and other Wayside Markers