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, 13 April 2011

Skew Bridge milestone

Heading to Lytham
Heading to Blackpool 4 miles
 These 3 shots are of the milestone on the road that travels from Lytham to Blackpool. The Smithy Lane milepost is a mile closer to Blackpool. There don't appear to be any remaining mileposts on this stretch of road between Blackpool and Lytham. There has been much modification and widening so I suppose its surprising that these these to have survived. The road in the top picture heads to Lytham, just to the left is the railway bridge called Skew Bridge, maybe its because it goes at a skew! However the road will have gone straight and I suspect it ran along the edge of the Clifton estate.
Milestone with Markings
The final close up shows some markings which are rather more unusual. Difficult to say their age but the weathering and the growth suggest quite a long time ago. There also appears to be the remains of a pin which seems to have held a small plate perhaps.

This road is considered to be the "back" road between Lytham and Blackpool. It can get very congested at rush hour.St Cuthberts Cross is also on the same road about a mile further south.