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    QDanT

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    Roman Mile Post

    Post  QDanT on Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:55 am

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    Re: Roman Mile Post

    Post  QDanT on Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:43 am

    doing some reasearch I came across this :- courtesy of English Heritage



    ROMAN MILESTONE APPROXIMATELY 74 METRES TO WEST OF ROAD / / A683 / MIDDLETON / SOUTH LAKELAND / CUMBRIA / II[star] / 75735 / SD6226385883

    Milestone. Roman. Dressed stone. Cylindrical shaft, approx 1,676mm high and 457mm in diameter. East side has inscription: "MP LIII": 53 miles to ? Carlisle. Below it an inscription: "SOLO ERVTVM/RESTITVIT/GVL MOORE/AN MDCCCXXXVI": added by the historian, Dr Lingard, to commemorate its discovery and re-erection by W. Moore. Diagonal scratch marks on west side probably made by ploughs.
    Scheduled Ancient Monument.
    district:- South Lakeland
    listed building
    coordinates:- SD62268588

    So I e-mailed them and told them it's been pushed over !

    Well that was fast :-
    Dear Danny,

    Thank you for your e-mail which has been forwarded to my office (NW Region in Manchester) by our Swindon office.

    This is becoming a popular monument. I had another e-mail this morning drawing our attention to the milestone's recumbent state and by coincidence, I received a call about it from the local Civic Society about a week ago. I suspect, given its location in the field and the shallow depth of the post below ground that it has been used by cattle as a scratching post and been pushed over. I am making arrangements to go and visit the monument. As you may be aware, the milestone was found in the 19th century and does not appear to be in its original location. It is also not publically accessible, visitors having to seek permission from the farmer to cross his land to visit the monument, the nearest public footpath being some distance from its location.

    Once I have arranged with the farmer to visit, we will consider the possibilities of relocating the stone, there is a public footpath that runs from the church, just to the north and which, as far as is currently known, crosses the probably line of the Roman Road that runs up the Lune Valley. This would make it easier for visitors such as yourself to view it, and put it in a better context, although it is, apparently, something of a mystery as to which destination it refers, being 53 miles from somewhere although that "somewhere" is uncertain.

    I hope in you travels you were able to view the milestone in the Lancaster City Museum. It is a splendid example with all the details one could wish from such a monument, apart from, like the Middleton one, being out of its original context. Lancaster Museum is also the home of the recently discovered tombstone of Insus, a "reiter" type of cavalry memorial which seems to be unique as it depicts the rider (Insus of the Treverii) holding aloft, in his sword hand, the severed head of his enemy.

    I am sure that your bear would be interested in seeing these.

    With best wishes,

    Yours sincerely,

    Peter McCrone
    Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments
    English Heritage,
    Canada House,
    3 Chepstow Street,
    Manchester,
    M1 5FW



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