S59PB33 Westport Lake

Milepost 59 / 33 is between Bridges 127 and 127A

S58PB34 Burslem Arm Milepost Index S60PB32 Tunstall

This is a replacement milepost  (Historic photos © Waterway Images).

Unveiling by the then Lord Mayor John Wallis

People in costume Working Party Officers

The plaque reads :

THIS MILEPOST WAS SPONSORED BY
ENGLISH CHINA CLAYS
REPLACED BY THE
TRENT & MERSEY CANAL SOCIETY
AND UNVEILED BY
COUNCILLOR JOHN WALLIS
LORD MAYOR OF STOKE ON TRENT
ON MONDAY 4TH MAY 1981

Here is the milepost in 2020. The plaque was nowhere to be found, but after digging a hole in front of the post we managed to photograph part of the plaque. Unfortunately we couldn’t leave the plaque exposed as it was below towpath level, so we refilled the hole afterwards.

In need of care and attention The hole we dug at the base of the post
Part of the Plaque visible Hole refilled and plaque hidden

Comparing these photographs to those taken by Phil Myott in 2003, it looks like the ground level was raised when the cycle path was constructed and the plaque (on the plinth) was just buried, rather than being raised and rebuilt. To see Phil’s pictures (in a new tab) click HERE  and then click on any picture to enlarge it. Does anybody know whether our guess about the cycle path is correct, and why the plaque was just buried? 

Page last updated August 2020 (tidied January 2021)
(All photos © Roger Evans, unless otherwise shown)
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