Trent and Mersey canal mileposts

The Trent & Mersey canal has mileposts along its entire length from Shardlow (in the south) to Preston Brook at its end in the north.  The distance is 92 miles between these two points and each milestone indicates the distance from each point.  They are all extant but I have still to take pictures of a dozen or so.


There are still 59 original mileposts cast by Rougeley and Dixon in Stone in the 1810s.  There are 34 replacements which have a mark of T&MCS 1977.  T&MCS stands for Trent & Mersey Canal Society and these were cast in the mid 1970s in Bognor Regis. Where I have remembered to find out I have marked each picture with 'original' or 'replacement'.  It looks like I'm going to have to revist all of them to make sure I get a picture of the cast date.  I think you can tell by the font of the lettering - the repacements seem to have a crisper style.

Some of the mileposts have a plaque at their base indicating the sponsor of the milepost.  I have included pictures of these plaques with their corresponding milestone.

The canal runs through the 1 3/4 mile Harecastle tunnel yet it has mileposts either end indicating that it is only a mile long (62-30 and 61-31).

The Trent & Mersey finishes at Derwent Mouth lock where it meets the Rivers Derwent and Trent.  This lock is 1 1/2 miles further on ffrom Shardlow so has a special milepost:


The milepost at Derwent Mouth lock that bucks the trend by not being between the two points

Apart from the milestone above the rest should add up to 92, being the distance between the two points; however, this one is an anomaly:

I think this should be 15 and 77

The following are the mileposts we have taken pictures of so far.  We have seen them all several times but only recently taken pictures of them.

1-91

12-80 Replacement

13-79

17-75


20-72

23-69















27-65


27-65 Base plate


28-64

29-63

30-62

31-61

32-60


33-59
33-59 Base plate
 
34-58

35-57
36-56

37-55

38-54

39-53 (appears to have been cast in 1815)

40-52

41-51

42-50

43-49

44-48 - cast in 1819
45-47

46-46 The halfway point!

47-45 - no date

48-44

49-43

50-42

51-41

52-40

53-39
54-38

55-37

56-36

57-35

58-34

59-33

60-32

61-31 by south portal of Harecastle tunnel

62-30 by north portal of Harecastle tunnel

63-29

64-28

65-27

66-26

67-25

68-24

69-23

70-22

71-21

72-20

73-19

74-18

75-17

76-16

77-15

78-14

79-13

80-12

80-12 Base plate

81-11

82-10

83-9

90-2




















































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