DescriptionDENWICK B 6346 NU 11 SE NU 18001452 (East side) 10/44 Milepost 180 metres north of Abbey Cottage II Milepost, late C19, by Smith Patterson Ltd. of Blaydon. Cast iron, painted white with black figures. Oval top with faceted twin faces, on circular fluted shaft with maker's plate. Raised legend ALNWICK 1 MILE / CHATTON 13¾ MILES. Height 0.40 metre. The following is adapted from House of Commons papers in 1851 - The original Act for this (turnpike) road was passed in 1826. This Act was obtained by the influential landowners on the line. They wanted to benefit their estates and to open out a line of country midway between the West and East Turnpikes of Northumberland. It is about 25 miles long, and leads from Alnwick, through Eglingham, Chatton, and other villages, and joins the Great North Road at Haggerston Smith's shop, about 6 miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed; thus opening out the Chatton District to the extensive markets of Berwick at the north, and Eglingham and Chatton to the Alnwick markets at the south end. The first subscriptions were £3,400, and the money was applied in obtaining the Act, in improving the existing line of highways, in shortening the route by deviations and other amendments. The total sum subscribed for making and amending this road was £4,095. 0s. 4p., for which no bonds or other securities were given, neither has any interest been paid thereon. The committee state that the debt was subscribed by interested parties, not by way of investment for money. They thought it right to address a letter to each creditor on the tolls,... referring to the origin and intention of the original subscription, that they never had received any interest, and that there was no chance of their debts ever being paid. They are glad to be able to report that every subscriber has consented in writing to give up all claims and demands.
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