S60PB32 Tunstall

Milepost 60 / 32 is by Bridge 129C

S59PB33 Westport Lake Milepost Index S61PB31 Harecastle Tunnel

This is a replacement post, and warranted a big ceremony as it was the last post to be replaced.

Posing by the PostBeing presented with a certificateand an official Photo

The plaque reads:

THIS MILEPOST IS DEDICATED TO
JAMES BRINDLEY 1716-1772
ENGINEER OF THE TRENT AND MERSEY CANAL
REPLACED AND SPONSORED BY THE
TRENT AND MERSEY CANAL SOCIETY
AND UNVEILED BY
SIR LESLIE YOUNG CBE DL
CHAIRMAN OF THE BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD
ON SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 1985
IT MARKS THE END OF THE SOCIETY’S
CAMPAIGN – STARTED IN 1977 – TO REPLACE
34 OF THE MISSING ORIGINAL MILEPOSTS

Here is the milepost in 2020 A closer view shows that the plaque is missingThe empty plinthThe head in need of some care and attentionView of the milepost and adjacent Bridge 129C (and our boat!)

Looking at the photographs, it is noticeable that the plinth has been modified since it was originally built (e.g. there are a different number of bricks along the front edge). As part of this rebuilding the plaque was installed ABOVE the level of the plinth rather than set into the plinth, so it would have been relatively easy to lever it off! Comparing these photographs to those taken by Phil Myott in 2003, it looks like the plinth had been modified by then, but the plaque was still present. To see Phil’s pictures (in a new tab) click HERE  and then click on any picture to enlarge it. Does anybody know when and why the Plinth was rebuilt? [Our guess is that it happened when the bridge was built. Maybe they had to move the milepost?]

Page last updated August 2020
(Installation photos © Waterway Images.
All other photos © Roger Evans, unless otherwise shown)