I WAS pleasantly surprised to rediscover March s only milestone leaning nonchalantly against St Wendreda s Church. I suspect this link with the past, with its legend erased over time, has probably resided in this position for decades if not centuries. It
I WAS pleasantly surprised to rediscover March's only milestone leaning nonchalantly against St Wendreda's Church.
I suspect this link with the past, with its legend erased over time, has probably resided in this position for decades if not centuries.
It is not so strange when you consider that St Wendreda's is exactly one mile from the centre of town?
It looks as if it has endured a severe accident at some time, pushing it off centre towards the church's outer wall and into relative obscurity.
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I wonder if any of our older readers can recall reading the legend, I suspect it would have recorded 'March 1, Ely 20'.
Once milestones and mileposts were common occurrences on our highways but alas no more.
- 1 New ditch to relieve flood issues 'more challenging than expected'
- 2 Woman claims police officer ‘forced himself’ upon her
- 3 Van overturns after striking Ely’s infamous ‘most bashed bridge’
- 4 Magpas chief executive 'surprised and honoured' by MBE
- 5 'Harassment' forces village speedwatch team to close
- 6 BBC’s Johnny Dee all smiles at surprise market place birthday bash
- 7 'A crash waiting to happen' say police
- 8 Lorry driver makes a fundamental error at Fenland roundabout...
- 9 Tea rooms may become a bedsit
- 10 ‘Shift well spent!’: Fen Cops target illegal motorists in day of action
Sharp-eyed persons among us will still spy the odd one alongside a road, sometimes nestled in hedgerows, sometimes proudly restored to their former glory.
Road widening schemes and new dual carriageways have signalled the end of their kind.
None of today's signing will endure as long as St Wendreda's 'old friend'.