Milemarkers & Waymarkers

I find these ancient makers quite fascinating in the way that our ancestors found their way around the countryside.

Romantic Milestone, Isle of Jura, Scotland

In two days, we are going to Scotland for our May holiday, but this year we are going for eighteen days.  We have never been away from home this long before, and have lots of things planned, but I have a horrible feeling the weather is not going to be as nice this year, as it was last year.  We have been very lucky in the past, so fingers crossed we get a few rain free days 🙂  I still have lots of photos from last year, but I shall just keep posting them.  I found this milestone in 2016 (I collect photos of milestones and have a category for them) at Craighouse, the only main settlement on the Isle of Jura.  I think it says Craighouse one mile to the Ferry, until thirty years ago you could catch a car ferry direct from the mainland, but now there is only the car ferry from Islay.  There is small high speed ferry from the mainland for foot passengers, so the milepost could be of use again.  But this post is really where the sign is positioned, just look at that view, beautiful.

May 2016

Mile Sign Painter

I like to take photos of waymarkers or road mile signs, some can be very ancient and they just fascinate me 🙂  I had a shock when going to photograph this one, there was someone laying on the grass, painting the sign.  But what do you call someone who paints road mile signs……a ‘Road Mile Sign Painter,’ I suppose.  A great one for my ‘Occupation Category’

2016 Norfolk

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.


Waymarker at Stow Bardolph, Norfolk


The only way I ever seem to see a waymaker, is when I fall over or open the car door on one.  This is what happened yesterday when visiting a church at Stow Bardolph.  There is quite a bit of history concerning waymarkers or mile stones, with some that date back to Roman times, but the ones that I am interested in date from 1697.  This is when William III passed an act decreeing that in the more remote parts of the kingdom, where two or more paths intersected, the local surveyors were to erect guide stones showing the way to the nearest market town.  I’m not sure when this one was placed here, as it is not dated, I will have to learn a little bit more about then, before I can give an opinion.  An interesting fact is they were removed during the last war and then replaced afterwards.

This marker is telling us that Stow Bardolph is 2 miles from Downham Market and 9 miles from Kings Lynn.


1764 Waymarker in Anmer, Norfolk


While on another trip to Sandringham in Norfolk, I had a chance to explore two beautiful churches and one was in the village of Anmer.  When opening the car door to jump out and take a photo of the village sign, I nearly took the car door off with this wonderful Waymarker or Mile Post.  I think I have found a start of a new collection, it is signed JC and dated 1764, now I wonder, who was JC.