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.

Tuesday 27 November 2012

St Cedd's well - Lastingham

Well quite a lot of debate about the antiquity of this well - and indeed these Yorkshire wells. Looking at the architecture it does seem rather unlikely that any part of them dates back before 1800 at all (The guess is all mine). For me the significant thing is that there is a well at all and it does highlight the village of Lastingham. Unfortunately I did not realise there were 3 wells at Lastingham and I only found the one. However St Cedd is indeed a very real and significant person in the history of early Christianity.
A link to the datastore for the church is here. I features many items of interest which predate these wells.

The well on the road approaching Lastingham church
Close examination shows that it seems quite modern.
The spout is set in a lions mouth. The shape and form of the pillars is similar to the pillars in the crypt of Lastingham church

Made of wood
AD 654

(Not sure this is even good Latin)
My translation is:
Founder of lastingham in AD 654, died in AD 664
The church will sustain (My interpretation)

Ecclesia - Church
Dextra from Dexter - right handed or the right to
Altaris from Alo Altum to nourish or sustain

Close up of the stone work above the wooden plinth
Quite primitive stone work

The church is is the distance. This is a bridge and the well is to the right.
The YNR plaque is right and the end of the left hand wall.
I have a feeling that this is to do with railways!
I could be wrong!
There will be a link to the Lastingham memorial and also to the church - fascinating places - got to be a second look.

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