TQ0592 : Coal tax boundary post no.59, just north of Cooks Wood - detail (2)

taken 1 month ago, near to Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Coal tax boundary post no.59, just north of Cooks Wood - detail (2)
Coal tax boundary post no.59, just north of Cooks Wood - detail (2)
See TQ0592 : Coal tax boundary post no.59, just north of Cooks Wood - detail.

According to Nail LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) there were originally 277 coal tax boundary markers, of which 211 are extant, although one (no. 85) does not now appear to be in place. Four of the 211 are in museums, including TQ0371 : The London Stone, Staines-upon-Thames a replica of which has been erected nearby TQ0371 : Staines - replica of the London Stone (photographed by Colin Smith).

Of the 211, 181 are 3 ft high white-painted square bollards with a pyramidal top, decorative raised bands, and the shield from the City of London’s arms (called Type 2 posts) such as the one here by Cooks Wood TQ0592 : Coal tax boundary post no.59, just north of Cooks Wood. Of these, 144 belong to recognised sub-types (and 37 are not so classified).

Of the 144, 24 were made in 1861 but before the 1861 Act was passed, and bore only the short inscription “24 VICT” because the full regal year and chapter were then not known.

After the Act was passed, correcting plates were fitted to cover up the original inscriptions on these and 5 other Type 2 posts made earlier – and, presumably for the sake of uniformity, to all the other Type 2 posts. In most cases, these plates have become broken, loose or missing. But 13 remain, one example being TQ0482 : Coal tax boundary post no.67, Iver Lane bridge over the River Colne.

Of the 115 Type 2 posts made after the 1861 Act was passed, 106 bore the inscription “24 & 25 VICT / CAP 42”. For all but 2 of these, the correcting plate is missing, revealing that the initial “2” and part of the “T” of “VICT” have been ground off to allow the correcting plates to be fitted.

Here, the head of one of the fixing screws of the correction plate can be seen between the bases of the “C” and “T” of “VICT”. There is also the stub of a screw visible below the “C” of “CAP” – see TQ0592 : Coal tax boundary post no.59, just north of Cooks Wood - detail.

Of the remaining 9 Type 2 posts made after the fitting of correction plates, 8 have a cast inscription which resembles the correction plates; one example is TQ1462 : Coal Tax Marker Post, Arbrook Common (photographed by Colin Smith).
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Wednesday, 7 August, 2019   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 3 September, 2019
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Historic sites and artefacts  Boundary, Barrier 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0516 9280 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:37.4522N 0:28.9363W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0516 9280
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