THE CODFORD MILESTONEDuring the 1960s, workmen building the lay-by in Codford HighStreet, unearthed three large fragments of stone, which theyintended to throw in their skip. One of the team recognised thedecorative quality of the pieces and carted them off to his gardenin Somerset where they resided for many years in an ornamentalcapacity. When he came to move house the pieces were offeredto the local group of the Milestone Society. Their Chairman,Janet Dowding, together with other members purchased thestone and removed it to Janet’s house for safe storage pendingrepair and relocation to its original site. A bit of research soonestablished this to be the Wiltshire village of Codford. JohnWatts of the Salisbury and Wiltshire Milestone Group moved thepieces to Codford where Alec Thomson arranged the repair withAlasdair Rennie and his highly skilled team from the CoadeWorkshop in Wilton.The Milestone is one of the first generation erected in the 18thcentury, when the first turnpike roads were being laid out. Theold road through Codford was part of the Amesbury Trust,which was set up in 1762, just after the Heytesbury Road wasturnpiked. The stone may have stood close to where the later,cast-iron milepost now stands, although an examination of the1773 Andrews and Dury’s map shows it to be standing on thenorth side of the High Street, west of St Peter’s church. Thestone is Chilmark, some 86cm long, the lower 60cm of whichwould have been inserted into the ground. It averages about37cm in width and 18cm in depth. The top is shaped in ashallow triangle and the front two edges show signs of havingbeen bevelled. The inscription is in capital letters, lower caseand Roman numerals, about 7cm high, with the date given inmodern (Arabic) numerals:TOSARUMXIVTOWarmi[nster]VI1766The repair has been carried out, largely free of charge, withgreat skill and Alasdair Rennie has installed it not far from itsoriginal home some 50m west of St Peters church. Credit is dueto a number of players:Douglas Roseaman and enthusiasts from the Milestone SocietyCodford Parish Council for support and fundingCodford Local Historical Society for co-ordinating the projectAlasdair Rennie and his team from Coade WorkshopAn unveiling ceremony is planned to thank all those involved.Watch out for dates.
During WWI, Australian soldiers carved a rising Sun into a hill at Codford. The amazing Codford villagers work hard to maintain it for us.
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