Finding/Where are Milestones
Find details of milestones, guide stones, canal milestones, boundary markers, fingerposts, wayside crosses, AA signs and toll houses across England, Scotland and Wales!
- www.Geograph.org.uk contains over 6 million photographs located by Ordnance Survey grid reference across the British Isles. The Milestone Society has its own presence on Geograph which comprises over 21,000 searchable images. You can find directions for searching these here.
- While our own ‘Repository’ was closed to updates in November 2018 when it was replicated onto Geograph, it contains details of over 31,000 items in a variety of formats for each type of wayside feature. Information is available as map files viewable in Google Earth, as Excel spreadsheets, and through advanced search capabilities. The spreadsheet format enables off-line spreadsheet sorting and printing facilities, particularly useful for Conservation Officers, Highways Engineers and researchers! Click here to find out more: http://www.msocrepository.co.uk/
- If you have new photographs, information about a new find or about a milestone or other feature that has been changed or lost, please enter as much detail as possible in the ‘Submit’ form below. Ideally, please provide a general location view as well as a close-up of the feature. The information will be published on Geograph (not the Repository) - images must be freely available for use under a Creative Commons licence.
- Via the Heritage Gateway, provided by Historic England (part of the former English Heritage), information for England only is available as a database searchable alongside over 60 resources including those Historic Environment Records accessible through the Gateway. You can find instructions for searching the Gateway here.
- 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 nor for any action resulting from using or relying on such information.
- Information from other sources about wayside features is listed in the Resources section of this website although we can accept no responsibility for the accuracy of the content.
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 to allow the item to be tracked in future. Some police forces are reluctant to accept such a notification from someone who is not the 'owner' or loser of the stolen item, but a definitive statement from Warwickshire Constabulary points out:
Any person is able to make a complaint of an offence if armed with the evidence to create the grounds for, or suspicion that an offence may have occurred.
The recording standards would be slightly different, as the Crime would need to be recorded with the force that related to the loser's address. However, if that is not known then it can be reported with the information known at the time and checked back in order to try and find the original loser. If an item is identifiable by specific detail then the investigation could commence with any force.
So provide the details of location, when last seen as well as other known information. If it's an English Heritage 'listed' artifact and it appears on eBay, that is sufficient evidence of theft! Do inform the local authority as well, since they are the 'loser' - the Conservation Officer, the Highways Liaison Officer or the local Councillor.