Milestones, Boundary Markers, Historical Artifacts, Street Furniture, lost roads and buildings.

There are many traces of our ancestors scattered around our landscape. Mile Markers and Boundary stones are there too. The Milestone Society believes that there are approximately 9000 left in the United Kingdom. Some are cherished but others are hidden in hedgerows, some have been unwittingly destroyed by crashes, road equipment or even stolen. Roads have been straightened to make them safer. There are old gateposts still left in place, old buildings, and place names that declare an evocative past. The aim is to capture some of this information at least photographically before it disappears.

Although the Fylde Coast does not have ancient history, the Romans apparently struggled to Kirkham. There have been huge changes in the last two centuries from literally a a few fishermans' and agricultural dwellings, to a full blown tourist and light engineering industry.

More historical information can be found here about the Fylde coast.

It also seems that time has marched on and left what appears to be some very respectable buildings... which just should be used, but seem to have no worth.

Links from this Blog

Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Memorials Website dedicated to War Memorials - The majority in the North of England. Visits to churches, but also memorials in out of the way places.
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancesters from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Smithy Lane Milepost



Smith Lane Milepost
Smithy Lane Milepost
Just north of the junction of Smithy Lane and North Houses lane is a milepost. This lies on the left-hand side of Heyhouses lane on the route to Blackpool. The only discernible writing is a 3 on the side that shows the way to Blackpool. It would certainly seem to be 3 mile from there whether you took the "longer" route around Queensway or the route which probably went across the airport. It seems cared for and in no danger of being removed. This is the location of the milepost. The next milepost towards Blackpool will be almost outside the Queensway pub(Now  a Harvester). Blackpool Road North then heads towards Blackpool and joins Leach Lane, and heads across the Airport. Old maps show a milestone on the airport. Whether it still exists is unlikely. Leach lane then crosses Squire Gate lane at the Halfway House Pub. There is a boundary marker there. 
Heyhouses Lane