David Wright of Stone Ramblers leaves no stone unturned in his bid to refurbish Staffordshire’s mileposts. Over the last 15 years, the retired civil engineer from Meir Heath has made it his business to locate, survey, repaint and repair as many of the county’s 350 milestones as he can find.
But repairing one particular milestone on the A51 was beyond even him. It was there all right, but broken into 20 pieces.
“I had to use a metal detector to find some of them,” David said.
To fund the repair, David approached the Milestone Society, who in turn approached Loggerheads Parish council, who have stumped up £800 to have the milestone welded by Eccleshall blacksmiths EJA Frost.
“Putting all the pieces back together was a bit doing like a jigsaw puzzle,” said blacksmith Edgar Swinnerton.
With the pieces back in place, David called on the Gazette to get this photo of him restoring the milestone to its true colours. When that job’s done, the County Council will transport the 5 hundredweight milestone back to its home outside the Swan with Two Necks on the A51 at Maer.