Dunchurch Milestone - The Green, Dunchurch, Warwickshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 52° 20.226 W 001° 17.396
30U E 616508 N 5799909
Quick Description: An old stone milestone in the centre of Dunchurch.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 1:48:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM4BBF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni
Views: 33

Long Description:
The Dunchurch website describes the village:
'Such was the considerable trade in looking after travellers who stopped over in Dunchurch during the great coaching days (up to 40 coaches a day stopped here), it is said that every property in the centre of the village was at some time an inn or ale house.

For centuries, Dunchurch has been a popular stopover point for travellers on the main London to Ireland road. A coaching stop to take on fresh horses during the 18th Century, Dunchurch was also the staging post for pupils, parents, masters and visitors travelling to Rugby school.

As a busy coaching village, many famous and important people have stayed in the village hotels over the centuries. Known visitors include Princess Victoria (later to be Queen), the poet Longfellow, who is said to have written his Smithy poem whilst staying at the Dun Cow, the famous highwayman Dick Turpin who was based in Dunchurch for many years, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington and William Webb Ellis of Rugby football fame, are all known to have visited the village.

On 5th November 1605, the Gunpowder Plot conspirators met at the Old Red Lion Inn, The Square, Dunchurch, to await the news of Guy Fawkes' success in blowing up the English Houses of Parliament. The Old Red Lion Inn still exists. It is now a private residence knows as Guy Fawkes House.

Today, Dunchurch is in a quiet 'bypassed' village and is designated a conservation area with a lovely village green complete with village stocks and maypole, charming 16th, 17th and 18th Century buildings, many of which retain the traditional Warwickshire thatched roofs. The village has won the prestigious Best Kept Village award for the last four years.'

At the cross-roads in the centre of Dunchurch used to stand the market cross on a stepped, medieval base, the cross itself was replaced in 1813 by this milestone.
Condition: Worn

Date placed: 1/1/1813

Material: Stone

Inscription:
To OXFORD 43 Miles To LEICESTER 23 Miles Erected Anno Domini 1813 Re......SILVER JUBILEE 1977 To LONDON 79 Miles To HOLYHEAD 178 Miles .........CORONATION.......


Name of road: The Green, The Square, Rugby Road and Southam Road

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