East Hanney Parish Council

Serving the people of East Hanney

Clerk: Guy Langton
12 Brookside, East Hanney
Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 OJL

Tel: 01235 867403

Milestones in East Hanney

Milestones in East Hanney

How many of us notice the milestones at either end of East Hanney on the A338? They have stood sentinel while traffic passes, from horse & cart to super car for over 200 years.

Erected by the Besselsleigh turnpike trust who maintained the 22 mile long Oxford Road from Hungerford to Besselsleigh, this road once had four gates (or turnpikes) across it that you paid a toll to pass through and use the road, which would have had a crushed stone surface, rather than the muddy and rutted lanes. Later the Ordnance Survey carved benchmarks (the arrow) into the top, using the stones as a fixed height point when drawing their maps.

Once in a while they need to be cleaned and repainted so they can survive another two centuries. As they are both Grade 2 listed, permission was sought from the District Conservation Officer and the highways authority, the owner of the milestones.

Taking advantage of the recent A338 closure the Northern milestone (pictured) was repainted by Cllr Dickon Green with guidance from the Milestone Society.

Posted: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:21 by Guy Langton

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