It seems unbelievable, but it’s true: there are nearly a dozen buildings of national historical importance in this small parish of ours…
And this milepost is one of them!
Yes, this milepost at Totmonslow is actually nearly two hundred years old. Made of cast iron, it has lasted the centuries pretty well.
You’ll find it by the side of the main road, diagonally opposite the turning into Breach Lane. It is Grade II listed.
Its job was to be a marker on the ‘turnpike’, the highway that ran then – and still runs now – between Uttoxeter and Blythe Marsh.
Incidentally, we’d love to know who maintains it, because it is always relatively clean, and often re-painted. Whoever does the maintenance, well done to them.
Like we said, there are nearly a dozen ‘listed’ structures in Draycott parish.
You can probably guess some of the others: St Margaret’s Church, St Mary House (on Cresswell Old Lane) and the old house of Manor Farm that faces the pavement on Uttoxeter Road.
But some are quite unexpected (like the Totmonslow milepost!). For example, we never knew that the remains of a 700-year-old moat, which once ringed Paynsley Hall, were listed.
However, this moat at Paynsley is also now considered to be “at risk”. The entry for the moat on the 2012 Heritage At Risk Register describes the moated enclosure as being in poor condition, and “declining”.
Parts of the remains of the moat are near the public footpath that goes through Paynsley Farm, so it is just possible to glimpse something of them from the path as you walk.
If you are interested in Draycott’s heritage, let us know, and maybe a network, or something similar, can be formed!
To see the full list of Draycott’s historically important structures, click on english-heritage.org.uk and put “draycott in the moors” in the page’s search field.
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