Photo-a-Day (Friday, 28th November, 2014)
I dont know why they have mile markers like this, theres one in between Parbold and Buscough thats 100 1/4 miles
Nice one Ron, how many times have you seen that marker, I bet it's more than a few.
What a lovely shot to be greeted with this morning
Great photo Ron.
Mick, I have also wondered about the significance of such detail on a mile marker.
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.
Nice shot, Ron.
Autumn shots can be just as pleasing to the eye as Spring and Summer shots.
lovely colours of Autumn!
What beautiful colours..thank you Ron.
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.
Mick. The boaters would not have been able to afford a sat nav.
Sorry at 08:29 it should have read two or three hundred years old. I would think the mileage is almost correct.
I suppose the distance markers are just like signs on the road saying how far it is to the next town.
Great pic Ron!
If the EU have their way, those miles will be replaced by kilometres!
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.
They helped the barge - carrying goods - to keep to schedule. Good photograph.
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.
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.
If it's further up the canal Mick, it would read 89 miles not 90. Leeds is that way.
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
Thanks Dostaf for the information, that has cleared things up. The photo has certainly been of interest, credit to Ron
Maybe when the canals where being worked the bargees got paid by the yardage covered per day
It is indeed a nice photograph.
You may find this interesting also, Aubrey.
Thank you Dostaf, it would appear the milepost photographed by Ron is a new replacement for the one on towpath treks.
It may just have been spruced up, Aubrey, as they aren't recent pictures.
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.
I can't think of another town that offers so much, like Wigan.