A Bow Bells milepost, number 47, has gone missing from the A22.
Peter Gillies, who painted it last summer, has noted its disappearance from its site where it could be seen when travelling south on the eastern side of the road about quarter of a mile from the Halland Roundabout.
Peter said it was looking better than it appears in his photograph, below, because he failed to take another photograph after he painted it.
Now, he says, five Bow Bells signs are missing from the route between Hailsham and East Grinstead. A series of them stretch along the A22 and A26 giving the distance of miles to Bow Bells Church, in the City of London.
He added: “We did have some success last year with number 34 which is up near Forest Row. We had heard many rumours about a missing post which someone discovered in an antique shop, and the council were alerted. They went round to the shop and retrieved it.
“Eventually we discovered which depot it was languishing in and reinstated it on the A22 between Broadstone Warren Scout Camp and Forest Row. It was very much a case of an absent friend returned.”
Peter says it looks to him as if number 47 was extracted from its site with something like a Hiab, a small crane on a lorry, because the hold in the verge is very neat with no evidence of digging.
He has tried to contact East Sussex Highways and East Hoathly Council in the hope of tracking down the sign, and would be pleased to hear from anyone who might spot it.
He said the signs are very heavy but have little scrap value and would be a risky item to have on show because if it was recognised many people would know what it is and where it must have come from.
• According to the Public Sculptures of Sussex website, the milestones were put up by Turnpike Trusts that formed in the 18th Century to improve roads. The link here takes you to information about milestone 46 but gives more information too.
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