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:
Yorkshire, county of many milestones, not to mention waymarkers and boundary stones. In the first of our picture galleries, accessed by the main menu option Picture Galleries, you will find examples of many different types.
There are two main divisions, those put up before 1893, often of stone with details carved in them. Then, the new country councils erected cast-iron replacements that still stretch along the main roads and many side roads.
Enough milestones survive along our roads for us to enjoy, though in many districts they are rusty and overgrown. Many of the pictures here are of those milestones that have been cared for, though you will find some that could be transformed with some simple actions.
Guided walks: Meet some milestones; tracks and trails
July 9th: Marsden
July 16th: Oakwell Hall
July 23rd: Huddersfield
July 27th: Birstall
September 17th: Todmorden
For full details see Forthcoming events
Throughout July 2014
Exhibitions at Oakwell Hall Birstall and The Packhorse Gallery Huddersfield, showcasing the waymarkers carved by young people and artworks by local artists, as part of the Beyond-Graffiti project. Plus Jazz Band, stone carving workshop, Open Mic Performance Poetry, Community Singers, geo-caching, dry stone walling, guided walks and personal appearances by John 'Swift Nicks' Nevison and Tollkeeper Meg - with a special get-together for Milestone Soc members and guests on Weds 16th July 11am - 1pm.
Keep an eye on our website, www.Beyond-Graffiti.co.uk as more events are added, courtesy of Kirklees Council's Arts in the Neighbourhood funding.
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: