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. It looks like I'm going to have to revist all of them to make sure I get a picture of the cast date and also many need replacing. I think you can tell by the font of the lettering that 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 replacement 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.
|27-65 Base plate|
|29-63 Top base plate|
|29-63 Bottom base plate|
|30-62 Base plate|
|32-60 Base plate|
|33-59 Base plate|
|35-57 Base plate|
|36-56 Base plate|
|41-51 Base plate|
|42-50 Base plate|
|46-46 Original - The halfway point!|
|48-44 Base plate|
|50-42 Base plate|
|61-31 Replacement by south portal of Harecastle tunnel|
|61-31 base plate|
|61-31 base plate|
|62-30 by north portal of Harecastle tunnel|
|80-12 Base plate|