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 6 May 2013

Toll Bar Cottage, Chestnut Hill, Keswick

Having got lost! again. Heading down the Castlerigg road seemed to be a good idea. I had to get to Keswick. Spotted this building. This is a really steep bit of hill. A good place to have a toll. I would suggest it is on what would have been the "main" road between Keswick/Penrith and the south. The next village of any significance will be Grasmere, then Ambleside. There is a little more info here. The toll roads are under researched and little known part of our heritage. The cottage is situated on a fork of the road. This site gives a little more information about  the cottage.

To the right of the cottage is the Penrith Road
The slope is fairly obvious

Looking from Keswick, up the Ambleside Road
The Samuel Ladyman Water Fountain is seen just to the left.
The road forks. The right fork heads off to Grasmere and the left to Penrith
 There was no competition for this Toll Road. There was no canal travel and the railways did not go this way.

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