Stone me! It’s come back after 23 years
A MILESTONE which lay on a driveway for more than 20 years has been returned to its former home. The stone, approximately 200 years old, was rescued by Steve Rhodes during road widening work near his home in Rydal Close, Huntingdon, in 1983. Steve, 47, wh
A MILESTONE which lay on a driveway for more than 20 years has been returned to its former home.
The stone, approximately 200 years old, was rescued by Steve Rhodes during road widening work near his home in Rydal Close, Huntingdon, in 1983.
Steve, 47, who now lives in Brampton, said: "I'd gone for an evening walk and saw a pile of rubble near where they were widening Stukeley Road.
"I asked one of the road workers what they were going to do with the stone and he said they were going to get rid of it."
However, Steve rescued the stone, which weighs a third of a ton, by having it lifted into his garden on a forklift truck.
The stone was used as an ornament but he soon wondered if he should return it.
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"I phoned the county council but it seemed they weren't interested," said Steve. "A few years later I moved just down the road and took the stone with me. It took six of us using Egyptian log-rolling methods to move it."
This time the milestone was left on Steve's driveway until it came time to move house again, this time to Brampton.
"The removal men couldn't believe it when I asked them to move it for me. It took eight of us to get it in the van."
Again the stone remained on Steve's drive until this year when a dog walker spotted and informed the Milestone Society charity, which then contacted Steve.
And last month, after 23 years, the stone was returned to its rightful place by the roadside in Stukeley Road.
Grania Farrington, Cambridgeshire representative of the Milestone Society, said: "We were delighted to hear that Steve had been safely harbouring this milestone for so long. So many stones were moved, buried or destroyed in the war it is always pleasing to hear of one being found intact.
"Stones can lay in ditches for years after being moved for roads or whatever reason. We're glad to be able to reposition this one in its rightful place."
INFORMATION: If you know of any upturned milestones in Huntingdonshire, contact Grania Farrington on 01480 475626 or visit www.milestone-society.co.uk