Surrey Heath Museum has announced its Hug a Milestone Campaign.
People have travelled across the open heathland of our area for many centuries and these heathland tracks have become the main routes we travel today. This is the origin of the main roads which pass through our area, the A30 (the Great West Road) and the A325 (the Portsmouth Road).
With the rise in stagecoach travel in the 1700s, the increased usage and inadequate upkeep of these routes made them impassable. Turnpike Trusts were set up charging tolls to travellers, funds from which were used for the upkeep of the roads. One local Turnpike Trust was the Bedfont and Bagshot Turnpike Trust who had control of the London and Portsmouth Roads through Surrey Heath. Stones marking miles along the route (milestones) were placed along turnpike routes. In our borough nine of ten remain (the remainder was removed for structural reasons and a replacement is due to be installed later this year).
To raise awareness of these milestones, Surrey Heath Museum has begun a ‘Hug a Milestone’ campaign and we invite you to find your nearest milestone, take a photograph or selfie of you hugging it and send it in to us. We will post your image on our social media which includes the Hug a Milestone webpage. Surrey Heath Borough Councillors have already taken part – view their Hug Shots and we look forward to seeing your HUG SHOTS.