Our purpose is to provide illustrations and information about Warwickshire’s surviving wayside heritage, to raise public awareness and to rally support for its protection. Like so much else, work to visit sites is on hold while the dreadful virus is among us, but we hope that what is available to view will provide some welcome diversion.

The photograph above dates from just before the First World War, and shows the Shipston on Stour Picture House (now long gone). By coincidence it includes (to the right) one of the nationally unique tall Mileposts of the Stratford upon Avon to Long Compton Turnpike (1730-1877). At the time of the photo it still had its direction boards, giving vital information for creating new ones when the six surviving posts were restored in 2017, with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. A seventh has recently been found, which will added after restoration.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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