I the previous article I apologised for my embarrassing incompetence with technology. The short video below hopefully recovers some credibility. I was so lucky that Gillian Barnes-Riding spoke clearly, and the traffic noise while she spoke was not as intrusive as when the Mayor spoke. Had my audio been successful this would’ve been no problem. Ah, well. At least you’ve Gillian’s heartfelt thanks for those involved in the restoration. Below the video, I’ve posted the Mayor’s address.
Cllr John Winterton, Mayor of Surrey Heath, – address at the unveiling of the renovated milestone.
Thank you all for coming here today to celebrate the restoration of the London Road milestone. The original stone was removed for structural reasons in 2015. After much public support and funding from the Milestone Society, Surrey Heath Local History Club, Surrey Built Heritage Trust, Camberley Glass, and some private donors, we are able to be here today and acknowledge this ‘past signpost to the past.
The original milestone stood here from the mid 1700’s, when a ‘mile stone’ indicated to passing stagecoaches how many miles there were left to Bagshot of Hartford Bridge, depending on which direction they were travelling. Both places have changed significantly since that time, one has grown immensely, while the other has an airport. The road – now the A30 – was a toll road of the Great West Turnpike Road running from London to Exeter. People paid a fee to travel along the road. The Toll House – where you paid your fee – was near the entrance to Laundry Lane on the other side of London Road,
Behind this milestone a time capsule has been inserted into one of the bricks with information on the stagecoach industry locally, a new style £5 note, historic photos of York Town, a memory sticks of the journals offrom the Surrey Heath Local History Society, and press coverage of the removal of the stone, and the successful ‘hug-a-milestone campaign run by Surrey Heath Museum last year. There is also information on Camberley Glass and Windows, and Alfred Elliott, greengrocer, fruiterer and florist who ran a shop on the other side of the entrance to Camberley Glass from 1920s to 1980s.
Thank you all who have been involved in the milestone re-creation, including Rob Predgen from Camberley Glass, Peter Greatbatch, Tim Steggles, and Haven memorials.
Camberley Glass have kindly organised light refreshments in their showroom, following the blessing by the Vicar of St Michael’s Church, the Rev Bruce Nicole.