Another Bow Bells milepost has disappeared from its Uckfield site – but unlike one that was spotted missing last year this one is being refurbished and will be returned.
An Uckfield News reader raised the alarm when she spotted the marker was missing from Eastbourne Road near the turning to New Road.
Historic vehicle club
But the clerk of Uckfield Town Council Holly Goring was pleased to report that the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club is looking after the milepost.
She forwarded a note from the club to Uckfield News, which has already been circulated to local parishes, which says:
“For the past year the Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club have been negotiating with East Sussex County Council for permission to take over the care and maintenance of the Bow Bells mileposts.
Four posts missing
“The initial proposal is to concentrate on the 18 posts which still exist between Hailsham and Wych Cross. There should be 22, there are four missing and any information concerning the four missing posts is eagerly sought.
“Our intention is to choose the worst two each year and gradually work our way along the route.
“This year we have the Little Horsted and Eastbourne Road junction with New Road at New Town, Uckfield, in our sights.
“The New Town post has rotted and fallen over and is currently in my workshop awaiting a replacement backing board. Both posts are on the old A22.”
The Bow Bells milestones give the distance in miles to Bow Bells Church, in the City of London.
• One of the milestones reported missing from Lewes Road in January has still not been found. See previous Uckfield News stories: