Buried and missing for decades, the Bodham milestone was
found, by Ben Skillings in late 2015, who then re-buried it for
In 2016 , assisted by Jonathan Dorey, with his tractor and loader, Ben, Mark
Tweedie and myself recovered the Sherringham milestone,- note the unusual
two Rs - and took it to Sheringham Primary School to show the pupils. They
were excited to be the first children to see and touch the milestone after
so many years and were fascinated to see the double r in Sherringham.
As we'd finished what we'd set out to do Mark and I ate our sandwiches and
assumed Ben had gone home but, on our way back, we spotted him at the Bodham
milestone site happily excavating the milestone base. We stopped to help him
and soon found the buried top section too. It became apparent the stone had
been repaired, at some stage, as the two sections had been joined with
concrete. As a result this proved to be our most difficult manual recovery
to date, After hard graft, and a few choice words, both sections were in our
trailer together with the Sheringham stone. Both were taken to my workshop,
at my Hardingham home, for eventual repair.
Delays occurred, so it wasn't until 2017 that repairs were done. Once again
the Bodham milestone caused a few grey hairs. The angle of the break was
such that to join the two sections we enlisted the help of an experienced
builder who, with a hammer drill and attached chisel-bits, created a surface
to drill into. Then 12mm holes were drilled to a depth of 130mm into both
sections and, using 10mm stainless steel all-thread, we resin-bonded the the
two sections together A challenging but satisfying end result.
Then came the painting. Keen to involve children we enlisted the help of
four young brothers and their mother. When dry, I gave the stone a second
coat of white paint A week or so later Ben skilfully lettered the stone,
this after tracing templates for the missing incised letters which are
thought to have been accidentally erased by verge-cutting machinery.
Owing to heavy traffic, on the Cromer to Holt road, we decided the safest
option would be a 'field-side' installation. So, following harvesting of the
crop, we installed the stone on August 7th, without too much hard work, with
the aid of a tele-porter and skilled operator, kindly lent by Richard Amies.
Photos of the installation were taken by Pat Cubbitt, Bodham Parish Council
To avoid weed growth and dampness a wooden surround was put in and filled it
with pea shingle.
The project was funded by NCC, Bodham Parish Council, Milestone Society,
local residents and businesses and Moving Miles book sales.
Monday 6th November 2017, after a two year 'on and off search,' Ben
Skilling's found the second Bodham milestone. At time of writing only
the top section is present, but, if it exists Ben will find it.
Records show this was last seen in 1985.