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.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Ashton Gardens Water Fountain

Ashton Gardens, just north of St Annes Square's most notable feature is the fine War Memorial, photographed but not yet published. However north of the war memorial is a rose garden and at the south end is a renovated water fountain. I think I have some older shots of this fountain and will be published in due course, but at the moment I will publish those taken this weekend.

Part of me thinks this is wanton vandalism by the council and the other part is at least they have kept it. All functionality has gone. Even small children are pretending to use the remains of the fountain as a toilet!


Lord Ashton's coat of arms
"A Sound Conscience is a Wall of Brass"
Ironically it is the same motto as Skegness local authority.

Nicely painted though!

Traces of pipework, but the bowl has just been filled in with concrete.
Its not going anywhere

View of the rose garden from the left of the water fountain.

I hope the lady pours water from her spout.
Makes up for the vandalism of the water fountain

The view from the north side.
I like this view!
On balance even though it has been abused. Its OK - left something for future generations and commemorated Lord Ashton's generosity. A lot of effort has been put in over the years and the gardens are very much appreciated. Considering it was the coldest day of the year - January it was busy!