It was those master-road-builders, the Romans, who first defined the centre of Imperial Rome with the 'Golden Milestone' and placed milestones on their roads showing the distance to this datum so travellers could mark their progress.
Later in the 16th century the advent of the Royal Mail with staging points focused attention on the roads again. The post riders had to make good time, specified clearly, and milestones came into their own again to measure progress.
Turnpike trusts erected many of the milestones that are still part of our roads today, and they were made in many shapes, forms and methods of construction. Placed during the the times of the pedestrian, the carriage, and the bicycle, the milestone has a fascinating story to tell of how our roads came to be. Because they were often locally produced and there was no standard design, milestones come in a fabulous range of types and designs, each route and region with its own character.
This cache is a VERY SMALL FOOD BOX. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, it isn't too close to the milestone but actually across the road opposite. Please do NOT attempt to park anywhere except for the marked parking. This part of the road used to be one of the most dangerous in the country (hence the reason why there are barriers for no apparent reason)