TQ1760 : City Corporation coal tax post, Ashtead Common

taken 7 years ago, near to Ashtead, Surrey, Great Britain

City Corporation coal tax post, Ashtead Common
City Corporation coal tax post, Ashtead Common
The Coal Duties Act of 1851 gave the Corporation of the City of London the power to tax coal and other goods (including wine and spirits) entering the Metropolitan area. The boundary of the area - for this purpose - was marked by posts or other markers.

This was only the second such post I had seen - the first was within a few feet of the Thames, at Sunbury LinkExternal link. The siting of the post at Sunbury seemed to make sense, but this one is puzzling, as it is situated well away from any present day road. On the other hand, it does stand at the boundary of Ashtead Common, which is owned by the City Corporation.

For links to sites documenting the history of these posts see Ian Capper's TQ4563 : Coal Tax post no 192.

In Martin Nail's list this post is given as No. 117.
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TQ1760, 48 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 19 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Boundary, Barrier  Woodland, Forest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1781 6065 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:19.9650N 0:18.6195W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1781 6065
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