Historic milestone marker gets a makeover


28 Mar 2023

A Yorkshire foundry puts 140 years of their expertise to use on a historic road milestone restoration.

South Yorkshire milestone marker restored

National Highways have recently completed the restoration of a historic milestone post on the A1, near the village of Skellow, northwest of Doncaster.

Around 9000 way markers are thought to survive in the UK; in an effort to baffle any would be invaders, many were defaced or destroyed during World War 2 and later, not all were replaced.

The milepost was restored using our Environment & Wellbeing Cultural Heritage Fund with a little help from The Milestone Society, who provided us with the details of a Yorkshire foundry capable of manufacturing a replacement cast iron facing.

The Environment & Wellbeing Cultural Heritage Fund is helping us to conserve sites of special historic or cultural interest within our ownership or near our roads. We’re identifying heritage assets that are at risk and working with expert organisations to protect and enhance them for future generations.

Damaged stone marker   Restored way marker post - white cast iron with black letters

Halifax based Hargreaves Foundry, with over 140 years of casting expertise, were able to complete the work to designs supplied by one of our contractors, Jacobs. The final installation, completed by Amey, took place on 21 March 2023.