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Many of these images were taken at night because I was working as a private hire, aka minicab, driver specialising in the night shift.
++++ List firms worked for with link to vehicle. Minc0304.cal is good starting point
++++ re-photograph to show seam in road surface
The last post in this list, Post 217 has not been found but is described as being on the bank of the Thames. This post is about 9 miles from the point opposite Post 217 on the North bank and about 5 miles from the nearest point on the bank. Why the vast gap? Have all the posts disappeared?
Some possibly have disappeared but I think the answer is also that this area was very marshy and there were few roads through it.
On Barking & Dagenham / Havering boundary.
Note seam in road surface.
Perambulation of the Forest of Waltham, 8th September 1641 (17th Charles I).
One of the Forest Meer or Boundary Stones set up by authority of the Commissioners appointed under the Great Seal.
Re-erected by the Essex County Council and the Essex Field Club. 1909.
See this page
on the Hainault Forest website
++++ bring in write up from wip_nor and link to link
Post 6 should be in the hedge just to the left of the sign but I could see no trace of it. Note seam in road surface.
Hog Hill Road. Apparently, lurking in the vegetation near the speed limit sign there is the Collier Row stone
, one of the Hainault Forest boundary stones. The write-up says a "lamp post … was digitally removed". I presume by "lamp post" they actually mean the speed limit sign.
++++ decide on best place initinerary
TQ 446 984
At the point where Debden Lane, Loughton becomes Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois.
Opposite an house called “The Boundary”.
The retro-reflective sign in this picture says “Theydon Bois”
TL 437 004
Epping Road, Epping
about 500 metres SW of the Bell Common Tunnel
Brookmans Park site
Three decent sized images in this this blog post
. On the course of Potters Bar Golf Club - closed in 2018.
(A director fringe golf club closing! This forum thread makes one suggestion: “For a long time it was a Jewish-only course . It probably left it too late to try and change.”)
The Queen's Head public house (now apparently closed) stands 50 yards to the east of this post on the corner of Coursers Road and High Street, London Colney. The entry at Historic England
for the pub says “canted front bay said to have been used for the collection of Coal Tax”.
TL 175 032
Shenley Lane, London Colney
South side of Broad Colney Bridge
Harper Lane, Shenley
Midway between these two Tax Posts. Just a post to announce that this is No. 100 but nice echoes of Tax Posts.
Cab drivers on night shift wish that all houses showed their numbers as clearly as this.
Posts 47 and 48
The house where W. S. Gilbert lived and died. (Cannot think of any connection with Coal Tax Posts!)
TQ 131 926
, E side of Oxhey Lane, outside No 1 "The Hollies" and immediately NW of Burntoak Farm
I am sure I looked for this on 2012 Jun 07 and could not find it.
I cannot now recall where exactly I took this photo but I am pretty sure it is just the opposite side of the path from Obelisk 52. The railway at this point is the Metropolitan Line between Northwood and Moor Park. I cannot see why London County Council Tramways
should need this box - more than an hundred yards from the nearest tram tracks.
Northwood telephone exchange
I walked about 200m either side of TQ 084 923
and saw nothing
The seam in the road surface indicates that this is still a boundary - between Hillingdon on the left and Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire. TQ 078 923
TQ 069 915
at the junction of White Hill and Jackets Lane. Nothing seen
++++ when the above is properly organised, use this with proper GPS derived co-ords
Stockers Farm Road Pumping Station
Stockers House. Martin Nail lists this as Post 218 but we will show it more in geographical sequence.
The building just left of centre is Stockers House.
A collection of old tools on display beside the lock plus an old sign with the stern warning the towing path is private property … there is no public right of way
. In fact most canal towpaths are not rights of way but "permissive paths
Posts 74 and 75
or Post 75
Posts 74 and 75 both probably lost forever during the building of the M25 which can be seen in the background of this image. The Wraysbury (or Wyrardisbury) River may well have been moved by a few yards.
Similarly Post 149
probably disappeared during the building of the M25. Compare with Posts 80 and 81
which appear to have been relocated during the building of the Wraysbury (or Wyrardisbury) Reservoir
The Nail list gives a description of TQ 037 770
on S bank of stream at NE corner of grounds of Poyle County Infants School.
It is probably the same school which is now called Pippins Primary School. A better grid ref for the post is probably TQ 0360 7692
and the post may be visible from Pippins Park accessed off Raymond Close
TQ 034 766
S side of Bath Road about 10 yards E of junction with Dickens Place
with Plate 77 visible at far left
The London Stone - the great … great grandparent of the posts.
The Old Town Hall
near Post 86
Walton on Thames
Thames Conservancy post
just upstream of Walton Bridge, near to Post 94
Sunbury on Thames
near Post 96
109, TQ 141 622
Copsem Lane, Oxshott
Corner of The Rythe private road, south of Esher Common Roundabout
TQ 1407 6220
Copsem Lane, Oxshott
Corner of The Rythe private road
110, TQ 140 618
Copsem Lane, Oxshott
junction with Sandy Lane and Warren Lane
TQ 173 601
, edge of Ashtead Woods 800 yards south of Rushett Farm, Malden Rushett
about 200 yards south west of Post 116
TQ 178 606
, edge of Ashtead Woods 500 yards south east of Rushett Farm, Malden Rushett
Has been repositioned some time in the last nine years
In the wood about 100 yards south of Post 119. The water tower of the former West Park Mental Hospital. As in other former hospitals, the tower will probably be retained as part of the redevelopment for housing
TQ 181 609
, near Woodcock Corner, 250 yards S of Glanmire Farm, Epsom
I am dubious about whether the post numbers hereabout reflect the true sequence
Looking from Post 129, we see Posts 132, 130 and 131
Motts Hill Lane, Tadworth
Footpath leading to Withybed Corner
Walton on the Hill
Pond midway between Posts 143 & 144
Post 148 can be seen in the distance on the right
Martin Nail describes this as Margery Grove. Either the roads were renamed at the time the M25 was built or, more likely, Martin Nail got it wrong. Post 149 was possibly right where the motorway now is.
The view from near Post 152
On the Brighton Road midway between Posts 163 and 164 marking the boundary between:
Reigate and Banstead / Croydon
Highways Authority / Transport for London - this being a trunk road
TQ 3120 6176
. Someone sent me this picture and asked what is it? It is painted on a wall in Foxley Lane, Purley near the junction with Russell Hill Road, ie. at the junction with those two roads and the Purley Way and Pampisford Road.
The text is “DOT No
. A23 1900 R”. DOT is Department of Transport, A23
is the road number and 1900 R is the entry in the DOT’s list. But list of what? The answer is: list of walls, bridges and other structures which were the responsibility of the DOT. (I think I have seen similar signs on bridges.) The name Department of Transport
existed between 1976 and 1997. It and its successors are responsible for trunk roads except, as the "HA/TfL" notice in the previous image indicates Transport for London
looks after this wall.
But why? At some stage, probably at the time of the creation of the Purley one-way system, this bit of Foxley Lane was widened necessitating a retaining wall which became the responsibility of the DOT.
Obelisk 165 - not found
Post 166 - accident prone
This is kept because the rotated version had some retouching to prevent a white area at top right
Between Posts 167 & 168
TQ 364 582
Limpsfield Road, Warlingham outside Sainsbury's.
The spots on this picture are, I believe, fog
South side of Dartford Road/Old Bexley Lane on the present Bexley/Dartford boundary. Satellite images show the road surface changing about 5 yards to the right of the post’s present position. This is a good indication of the exact boundary. I think this post has been moved about 5 yards to the left so that it did not obstruct the Chinese take-away. Another strong indication is that its inscription plate is facing the hedge!
TQ 51197 73966
on the north corner of the junction of Melrose Avenue and Falstaff Close. The quarry mentioned by Martin Nail has been redeveloped as housing. No idea how far this post is from its original position. The people re-siting this post had a very strange idea: instead of sinking it into the ground, they stood it on the pavement and then encased its legs in concrete.
TQ 51641 73865
. The Hillcrest Road sign is misleading. The road in the foreground is Station Road. This post may have been moved slightly since Galloway Drive (the road sign at far right) is new since Martin Nail's list was prepared.
Obelisk 215 may be somewhere behind the fence but the vegetation is too dense
Obelisk 217 should be around here but I could not see anything
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