Friday, 27 June 2008

Unexpected Alphabets No 2


There are three beautifully-lettered mileposts (there maybe more) that sit on what appear to be the extremities of the Stanford Hall estate in Leicestershire. The early eighteenth century orange brick house and stables are amongst the very best buildings in the county, perfectly placed at the centre of a green park. The village and church are over the border in Northamptonshire, and it is in this county near Clay Coton that the other two ironstone mileposts stand half hidden at the side of the lane at Stanford Mear. One, almost completely enveloped by the hedge, has a big ball finial on top, a feature that I assume once crowned all three. I just love them, as much for the lettercutting as anything. I can only assume that they were positioned as information posts for departing travellers, and can perhaps offer a rough timeframe to them by noting the inclusion of Rugby Station on the above post (which has destinations on three sides), situated on the north east corner of the estate below South Kilworth. The railway arrived in Rugby in 1839, but the hall would have been very well served by the Yelvertoft & Stanford Park station that appeared in the village in 1850. I admit the mileposts do look earlier, and 'Rugby Station 8' could have been added later, but, whatever the facts, seek them out soon before they disappear completely.

4 comments:

A F-A said...

What a find! And what a great photograph! And of course a substantial piece of stonework that small children would have had difficulty in turning around!

Fred Fibonacci said...

I'm leaving now sausage.

Thud said...

My list of places to visit courtesy of you grows ever longer!

Philip Wilkinson said...

Marvellous. The kind of thing I sometimes catch sight of in the corner of my eye (or the rear-view mirror), promising myself that I'll return and have a closer look later. Such stunners remind me that I should keep these promises more often.