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Spen Lane, Milestone

Spen Lane, Milestone
Undated. View of an old milestone on Spen Lane, located at the junction with Spen Road. The chiseled lettering on the milestone is somewhat eroded but reads as follows: At the top are the capital letters 'M' and 'F', which most likely stand for the measurements of 'Miles' and 'Furlongs' (there are 8 furlongs in 1 mile). Headingley (O H? -letters indecipherable) 1.2, Woodhouse Moor 1.6, Leeds Bridge 3.6, Adel Church 1.7, Pool Bank (distance in miles and furlongs indecipherable), Otley (Chevin ?) (distance in miles and furlongs indecipherable), Arthington Station (distance in miles and furlongs indecipherable). A surveyor's benchmark can be seen in the form of an arrow pointing upwards towards a horizontal line. An angle-iron could be placed on the chiseled line as a bench for a levelling rod. It was an elevation reference point and these benchmarks are marked on large scale maps.

User Comments:

Ron Davies

This would be a relic from the time when the main Leeds to Otley Road passed this way, this was before the new turnpike road was built. The old road came out of Leeds via Burley Road, Morris Lane, Spen Lane and what is now called Otley Old Road. Blind Jack Metcalfe of Knaresborough was responsible for the construction of part of this old highway. He was a remarkable man and his life story is worth reading.




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