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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 28th November, 2014)

89.1/4 miles


89.1/4 miles
Towpath near New Springs.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Pentax K100)
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Comment by: Mick on 28th November 2014 at 00:02

I dont know why they have mile markers like this, theres one in between Parbold and Buscough thats 100 1/4 miles

Comment by: Ken R on 28th November 2014 at 00:28

Nice one Ron, how many times have you seen that marker, I bet it's more than a few.

Comment by: Neil Cain on 28th November 2014 at 07:01

What a lovely shot to be greeted with this morning

Comment by: Aubrey on 28th November 2014 at 08:18

Great photo Ron.
Mick, I have also wondered about the significance of such detail on a mile marker.

Comment by: Alan on 28th November 2014 at 08:29

Lovely photo Ron.
Mick, the mile sign or marker is very important. The sign could be two or three years old, remember the canals were our first real form of transport after the horse and cart.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 28th November 2014 at 08:43

Nice shot, Ron.

Autumn shots can be just as pleasing to the eye as Spring and Summer shots.

Comment by: kath on 28th November 2014 at 08:55

lovely colours of Autumn!

Comment by: Maureen on 28th November 2014 at 09:04

What beautiful colours..thank you Ron.

Comment by: John Morris on 28th November 2014 at 09:20

Lovely shot Ron. Mick on the other face is the distance to Liverpool, I don't know if that is an exact number of miles or not.

Comment by: Ron D on 28th November 2014 at 09:57

Mick. The boaters would not have been able to afford a sat nav.

Comment by: Alan on 28th November 2014 at 10:18

Sorry at 08:29 it should have read two or three hundred years old. I would think the mileage is almost correct.

Comment by: A.W. on 28th November 2014 at 10:23

I suppose the distance markers are just like signs on the road saying how far it is to the next town.

Comment by: Giovanni on 28th November 2014 at 10:52

Great pic Ron!
If the EU have their way, those miles will be replaced by kilometres!

Comment by: Alan on 28th November 2014 at 11:28

Here in the UK we still say MPH, miles per gallon, yards, tyre sizes still in inches, pint of bitter/Larger/milk and so on, Sounds good to me.
Nice shot Ron.

Comment by: David on 28th November 2014 at 11:46

They helped the barge - carrying goods - to keep to schedule. Good photograph.

Comment by: Mick on 28th November 2014 at 12:01

I know what the mile markers are for Im on about the actual numbers on them, this one is 89.1/4 miles why did they not put the markers further up the canal bank so the distance could be 90 miles.

Comment by: Garry on 28th November 2014 at 13:29

AW, the next town is...Adlington, Chorley, Leyland and so on.
What it means is the next City which is Leeds, the start of the Canal.

Comment by: Alan on 28th November 2014 at 13:54

If it's further up the canal Mick, it would read 89 miles not 90. Leeds is that way.

Comment by: Dostaf on 28th November 2014 at 14:58

Mile markers are very interesting. there are also half and quarter ones too, in places. The L&L was originally 127 1/4 miles long.

As the markers effectively start from the Liverpool end, No1 is 1 mile from Liverpool and 126 1/4 miles from Leeds etc etc. Surprisingly, the one at the pier is wrongly placed. It should actually be near the Pagefield lock

Comment by: Aubrey on 28th November 2014 at 15:35

Thanks Dostaf for the information, that has cleared things up. The photo has certainly been of interest, credit to Ron

Comment by: peterp on 28th November 2014 at 16:51

Maybe when the canals where being worked the bargees got paid by the yardage covered per day

Comment by: Dostaf on 28th November 2014 at 17:04

It is indeed a nice photograph.

You may find this interesting also, Aubrey.

http://www.towpathtreks.co.uk/LLC/mileposts.html

Comment by: Aubrey on 28th November 2014 at 18:18

Thank you Dostaf, it would appear the milepost photographed by Ron is a new replacement for the one on towpath treks.

Comment by: Dostaf. on 28th November 2014 at 19:03

It may just have been spruced up, Aubrey, as they aren't recent pictures.

http://www.towpathtreks.co.uk/milepostdisplay.asp?ino=38

Though some at the Leeds end are replacements from around the turn of the Millennium. I presume they were painted brightly in their day, so as to stand out as clear as the one in Ron's pic jumps out at you.

Comment by: Garry on 29th November 2014 at 12:12

I can't think of another town that offers so much, like Wigan.

Comment by: Jean F (Wales) on 29th November 2014 at 17:13

Beautiful Ron.

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