Welcome to the web site of the Yorkshire Group of the Milestone Society. You will find a variety of articles on the wealth of historic roadside features in Yorkshire: not just milestones, but other waymarkers, boundary markers, toll-houses, etc.
The Picture galleries section is being developed to illustrate all these features by type or theme.
You will also find information on past and forthcoming activities of the Group, as well as "milestone walks".
Click here for a map showing all Yorkshire's milestones (opens in a new window), or you can visit the Milestone Society Repository site by clicking on the "Find Yorkshire's milestones" menu option on the left to view a map in Google Earth. There you will be able to view all the known milestones in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as boundary markers, crosses, commemorative or lost milestones, fingerposts, tollhouses....
The Milestone Society was formed in 2001 to record milestone data, research their history and raise public awareness of the need for appropriate care of them.You can find information about the society using the link available via the Links menu option under Resources.
Click on the 'Read More' link to find out about navigating the Yorkshire website:
Northern Spring Meeting
Sunday 19th April 2015, at our usual venue, the Village Hall at Hebden near Grassington. See Forthcoming events for full details.
Crossing the Pennines
Milestone Society members, in conjunction with other local groups, are planning a heritage trail in the Yorkshire Colne Valley, highlighting the travel and transport history that shaped the West Riding. With funding from the National Lottery via the Peoples Millions competition (and a big thank-you to all who voted for us), work should shortly begin on restoring the ancient packhorse track from Cop Hill towards Sparth Reservoir, Marsden. Full details and progress reports can be found on the Crossing the Pennines website (www.CrossingThePennines.co.uk).
There will be plenty to see on the trail, on foot, by bike or by car, with fascinating evidence of the Romans, the medieval packhorse trains, the Turnpike Trusts, the navvies who built the canal and ingenious engineering by Blind Jack of Knaresborough and Thomas Telford.
After Le Depart ‘s departed,
After the crowds have gone,
After the litter’s collected,
Enjoy a tranquil morn!
Celebrate stone in our landscape,
Quarries and crags and walls,
Churches and milestones and privies
At Oakwell Hall ! and the Packhorse Gallery....
To the tune of "After the Ball is over" - with a brilliant illustration by Dave Bradbury: