Finding the Way
Members of the national organisation The Milestone Society came across a nationally unique series of tall cast iron mileposts along the former Stratford on Avon to Long Compton Turnpike. There were six surviving posts, but unfortunately they were in need of some serious restoration.
Earlier this year the Milestone Society were successful in securing fund from the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch a new project; Finding the Way. The project includes the restoration of the six surviving mileposts with the aim of having them finished and back in place by the end of June 2017.
Alongside the restoration, Finding the Way are developing educational resources for primary school children that help with the teaching of imperial measurements. These resources are based on the Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman which is still taught in schools and remains a favourite among children. We have even made a film with an authentic Highwayman (enactor Paul Mackintosh) talking about his life, the distances he travels and how he finds his way across England, to enliven such lessons.
The project also includes a series of exhibitions showcasing the restoration project and progress, leaflets and maps detailing walks along the Turnpike to see the newly restored mileposts and other points of interest and events such as appearances from our Highwayman.