SD5515 : Milestone at Charnock Richard

taken 5 years ago, near to Charnock Richard, Lancashire, Great Britain

Milestone at Charnock Richard
Milestone at Charnock Richard
This ornate cast-iron milestone stands alongside Preston Road (A49) opposite Church Lane. It indicates that we are 7 miles from Wigan and 10 miles from Preston. It also carries the date 1937 and the name of Haigh Foundry (presumably where it was cast).

The mile post was stolen in the 1990s, but recovered and refurbished in 2012 when it was reinstated to its current position (LinkExternal link Chorley Guardian).

The Charnock Richard milepost was one of six similar ones manufactured at Haigh foundry in 1837. The only other remaining one is that at Standish (Langtree).
The A49
The A49 is a major road that runs for 158 miles from Bamber Bridge, near Preston, to Ross-on-Wye.

The section north of Warrington is mostly a non-primary road for local traffic, having been largely superseded by the M6 motorway. South of Warrington, the route traverses the Welsh Marches region LinkExternal link , following the hills along the English/Welsh borders although it never actually enters Wales; usually running around ten miles away from the border as it winds its way through Cheshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire although it comes within a couple of miles near Whitchurch. The road is all primary but mainly single carriageway, which means that traffic queues sometimes build up behind tractors or slow-moving goods vehicles. The stretch between the A5 at Shrewsbury and Ross-on-Wye is a trunk road, maintained by the national Highways England.
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Monday, 10 February, 2014   (more nearby)
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Monday, 10 February, 2014
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Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 5515 1575 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:38.1802N 2:40.7866W
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