Milepost 57 / 35 is near Etruria (Bridges 118-119)
|S56PB36 Cockshutts Lock||Milepost Index||S58PB34 Burslem Arm|
The original post was too badly damaged to be re-installed and had to be replaced. The left picture below (photo © Waterway Images) was captioned “Old Shelton post fished out of the cut at Stone 17th April 1983” and is probably this original post.
|Old Shelton Post||Replacement post being unveiled|
According to the September 1985 issue of “Grand Trunk” those pictured at the unveiling are Sir Arthur Bryan (Chairman of Wedgwood & Sons), Sir Leslie Young (Chairman of BWB) and Harry Arnold (our Chairman) (Photo © Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd / Waterway Images).
The plinth (seen in the unveiling photograph) was removed when the towpath here became a cycle path. The plaque is now within the cycle path and is badly worn.
|Milepost in 2020||Badly worn Plaque|
The plaque reads :
THIS MILEPOST IS DEDICATED TO
JOSIAH WEDGEWOOD FRS, 1730-1795
FATHER OF ENGLISH POTTERS AND
PIONEER OF THE
TRENT AND MERSEY CANAL
UNVEILED BY SIR ARTHUR BRYAN
H.M. LORD LIEUTENANT
OF STAFFORDSHIRE, CHAIRMAN OF
JOSIAH WEDGWOOD & SONS LIMITED
ON THURSDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 1985
REPLACED BY THE
TRENT AND MERSEY CANAL SOCIETY
Page last updated November 2020 (tidied January 2021)
(All photos © Roger Evans, unless otherwise shown)
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