Waymarker – Holt to Dereham, Norfolk

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.

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13 comments

    1. 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 😀

      1. 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! 🙂

      2. 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 🙂

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

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