I’m not really sure if anyone is really interested in milestones or waymarkers as I am, so possibly this is just a record for me. I find them interesting as a relic from the past, when they told our ancestors where they were, no maps or Sat-Nav then. I look for them when we are out exploring and most are taken from the car or when exploring a church. They are usually at a road junction and some can be very ornate, others quite plain like this one, that tells you, you are 1 mile from Holt and 5 miles from Dereham……which is in Norfolk. As you would most likely be walking in the 17th/18th century when they started to appear, it would have quite a relief, only another mile to go.
13 Replies to “Waymarker – Holt to Dereham, Norfolk”
I like them too and like comparing the actual distances to those marked. I think someone got a little confused on one of our local ones!
So glad you like them too 😀 They were all removed during the WW2 and put back afterwards, I wonder if someone forgot were they were meant to be !!
I like these milestones, and also look out for them on the old roadsides 🙂 Nice, Interesting, Different post 🙂
Thank you, that makes three of us so far…. I’m really pleased that others are interested in them, and will enjoy finding them even more now to share 😀
Well, it’s like you say, no GPS etc back then – just, yeah you’re going the right way – keep on for a day or two, and you’ll hit the next town! 🙂
Yes, thats true, they only way they could get around was by foot power :), they would walk for miles and think nothing of it, not going on a days hike for fun, but just to survive. Not sure if we would be capable of doing it now 🙂
Life has become faster – we’d find time constraints. 🙂
So true 🙂
I love waymarkers too! All kinds – the small stone variety or the finger-post. All charming relics of a bygone age. Any more will be warmly welcome! 🙂 This one looks nicely cared for and freshly painted.
Wonderful, now we are four 🙂 I know, there is something so simple about them but they are full of history, I love finding them 🙂
Don’t suppose it will come as any great surprise Lynn to know I am fond of these as well and also all the wonderful wooden and painted wooden signs for villages in E. Anglia~ and fingerpost signs.
No…..I guessed you would like them 🙂 and now we are five, great , I think they are something that are just there and a lot of people hardly notice them 🙂
You are right , just like many other things~ most people do not notice a lot of wonderful things ~ they seem to be on automatic pilot. Like sleepwalking through life.