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.

Saturday 17 November 2012

All Hallows church sundial, Bispham

Seven metres south of the parish church in Bispham there is a square stone pillar placed in what appears to be an octagonal stone base. The stone base is "tied" with straps to hold it together.

This object has several pictures on the internet. However seeing it for real, one senses the antiquity. These are my 2 pictures.

Taken towards the Lych Gate,
facing Bispham village, a general south direction.

From the south door
This is the excerpt from English Heritage.


1/2 Sundial 7 metres South of
Bispham Parish Church (All Hallows)


Sundial on stone shaft said to be base of former cross. Shaft of square
section approximately 1 metre high, mounted in octagonal stone block on
circular stone disc; incised letters "IH" on north side, "RB" on west side
("IH" = "John Hull", donor of sundial, "RB" possibly "Robert Broadbelt",
parish clerk 1678-1715). Sundial plate originally dated 1704 with names
John Hull and Joh Hebblethwaite, and motto "Die dies Truditur", now only
partially legible. (VCH Lancs vol. 7 p. 244).

Listing NGR: SD3189840566

The Latin inscription, which is open to interpretation,  means " day rushes after day"

There are 2 more objects in the church which are very interesting as well as the memorials which have not yet been described.

I have not brought anything new to this object. Although it is one of a surprising number of older objects still about the Fylde Coast.

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