Historic milepost restored

Before and after restoration photos of the milepost

A historic milepost found in an Oxfordshire garden has been restored and placed back in its original location in Hillesden Village in Buckinghamshire.

In July 2021, Buckinghamshire Council’s Archaeology Service was contacted by Peter Gulland, local historian and Bucks representative of the Milestone Society, to advise that a Buckinghamshire milepost had been discovered in an Oxfordshire garden.

The milepost was originally located on the Brill road at Hillesden, marking 13 miles to Brill and 3 miles to Buckingham, and is thought to date from the late 19th or early 20th century.

While not as old as some of the county’s other mileposts, this one is particularly significant as it is located on a non-turnpike road, which is rare in Buckinghamshire. It is last recorded as having been in place in the late 1980s, after which it appears to have been taken from its location and somehow ending up in a private back garden in Oxfordshire.

The current homeowner was keen to see it back in its rightful place, and so Buckinghamshire Council’s Archaeology Service arranged to collect the milepost. It was in a very bad state of preservation and so it was taken to Moss’ Blacksmiths in Thame to be stripped back, repainted and re-signed.

Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, commented:

“It’s fantastic that this piece of Buckinghamshire’s heritage has now been restored, and we wish to say a big thank you to Peter Gulland for finding the milepost and paying for its conservation and repainting.

“The newly restored and relocated milestone will be reviewed for inclusion in our Local Heritage List, along with all other mileposts in the county.”