AN HISTORIC milepost is set to be restored back to its former way-marking glory in Honington thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The Warwickshire branch of the Milestone Society was awarded £7,661 from the fund that will be used to restore the eight-foot tall milepost and put it back up at its rightful place on the A3400 Stratford to London road.
The milepost was discovered in a Kenilworth garden and was donated to the Society by the owner in memory of her late husband, who is believed to have rescued it from a farm auction sale many years ago.
It will be placed at the historically correct site north of the old Toll House in Honington. In addition, three cast iron triangular mileposts will also be restored and replaced in their original locations.
The milepost will be the seventh milepost to be restored by the Warwickshire Milestone Society.
The project aims to encourage more people to get involved with their local history and become aware of Warwickshire’s mileposts and waymarkers.
This latest restoration follows a previous Heritage Fund supported project in 2017 when six nationally unique 19th Century mileposts on the A3400 Turnpike Stratford to London road were restored. These are Grade II listed by Historic England.
Mike Buxton, Milestone Society Trustee and Warwickshire Representative said: “We are delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players and Alderminster and Tredington parish councils. We look forward to completing this important and exciting project over the summer.
“Having previously restored six mileposts on this turnpike you can imagine our excitement when a seventh was discovered. The seventh milepost will enhance the street scene adjacent to the Honington Toll House and provide a unique and distinctive feature. Together with the three triangular waymarkers missing pieces of local history and the historical knowledge of the local transport network will be restored”.