Restored London Road milestone to be unvieled

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the unveiling of the restored London Road milestone. See press release below. Yesterday I joined Mike Hillman, photographer and Friend of Surrey Heath Museum, and Alan Meeks to witness the restoration of the milestone. Sadly, I had to leave before the restorers arrived. Mike Hillman was around to capture the event. Below are three of his photos – click to expand.

A new milestone along the A30 in Camberley is to be officially unveiled at a blessing ceremony later this month.

The original milestone, located outside Camberley Glass and Windows on London Road, was taken down last year due to structural reasons. A campaign was launched to raise the £1,800 required to replace the historic landmark, one of seven milestones across the borough to still survive from the 1700s.

This campaign raised public awareness of the milestones, helped by Surrey Heath Museum’s #hugamilestone social media campaign, which was featured in the national and local media, print, broadcast and online.

The commitment and dedication of individuals and local societies,  including the Surrey Heath Local History Group, The Milestone Society and Surrey Historic Buildings Trust has meant the fundraising campaign was successful, and a replacement milestone is due to reinstated at the site on 31 March.

To mark the importance of the area’s milestone heritage, and acknowledge local support, the vicar of St Michael’s Church, Camberley, Rev. Bruce Nicole, will bless the stone at the ceremony, and the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr John Winterton, will officially unveil it.

The new milestone shows the distance to London, Hartford Bridge and Bagshot from its location – as did the original.

The milestone is a legacy from the 1700s, when two busy stagecoach routes passed through the area we now know as Surrey Heath. The Portsmouth Road and London Road routes were each managed by a Turnpike Trust who maintained the road and charged a toll for its use. One such Trust was the Bedford and Bagshot Turnpike Trust, managing the London Road, who placed milestones along its route.

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