S77PB15 Bridge 176

Milepost 77 / 15  is by Bridge 176 (near Croxton Flash)

S76PB16 Big Lock, Middlewich Milepost Index S78PB14 Whatcroft (South)

Unveiling of milepost by Aileen Smith – Photo © Waterway Images

This is a replacement milepost, sponsored by Eggbridge Marina, and unveiled by Aileen Smith on Sunday 6th March 1983. These details are taken from Page 9 of May 1983 “Grand Trunk” magazine (and confirmed in 2017 by Harry Arnold). The plaque which was installed when this milepost was replaced, has been missing for over 10 years. In 2017, as part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Mileposts Campaign (see separate page) the society decided to try and find the original wording from Harry Arnold’s photographic archive and then commission a replacement plaque. The plinth where the plaque was originally located can be clearly seen below, surrounded by a row of well-worn bricks.

[NOTE – See below this picture for  updates about the plaque wording]

UPDATE (September 2017): I am delighted to report that Robin Green has sent us details of the exact wording on the missing plaque (which he noted down on 3rd November 1986 during his visits to all the replacement mileposts) :-

THIS MILEPOST WAS SPONSORED BY
MR AND MRS P SMITH
OF EGGBRIDGE MARINA LTD.
TO FURTHER THE HERITAGE OF
OUR INLAND WATERWAYS
REPLACED BY THE
TRENT AND MERSEY CANAL SOCIETY
SUNDAY 6TH MARCH 1983
PLAQUE BY BUTLER JONES BOGNOR REGIS

UPDATE (November 2017): Harry Arnold has sent me a black & white photo of the unveiling of this milepost showing the plaque. By enlarging the photo it was possible to confirm the plaque wording. I include this photo below (but compressed for web use, so the plaque isn’t readable) :-

Unveiling of milepost by Aileen Smith – Photo © Waterway Images

In 2017 Saltscape repainted this post (Photos © Saltscape)  :-

  

Page last updated April 2020 (with colour photo of unveiling + Saltscape photos)
(All photos © Margaret English, unless otherwise shown)