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Gloucestershire to carry out Milestone survey

This 12 mile stone lies on the A40 between Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye

Members of the Milestone Society are to record as many milestones, mileposts and boundary stones as possible in Gloucestershire.

The survey will take place on the weekend of 9 to 11 April 2010, along the old turnpike roads within the three old counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.

The Milestone Society was set up with the aim to identify, record, research and interpret for public benefit the milestones and other waymarkers of the British Isles.

To date it has created a data base of over 20,000 milestones.

It is also creating a further database of surviving tollgates and toll-houses, of which around 20% survive.

Local Milestone Society representative, Chris Woodard, thinks that the survey is very important.

"Our roadside history is being lost on a daily basis and we need to try to preserve it for future generations," he said.

Our roadside history is being lost on a daily basis and we need to try to preserve it for future generations
Chris Woodard

The Milestone Society is hoping to work with the three county councils - including Gloucestershire - in repairing, restoring and repainting the milestones and mileposts and other wayside markers.

One way of doing this, includes parish councils taking up the responsibility of their roadside history, as some parishes in Worcestershire have already done.

If you are interested in roadside history, or want to find out more about the Milestone Society, check out the Milestone Society website or contact Chris Woodard on 01600 772 896 or email him directly.

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