Essex cast iron guideposts in the

UTTLESFORD DISTRICT

Uttlesford in the northwest of Essex has by far the greatest number of surviving cast iron guideposts; over one third of those in the county are to be found in this district.  As to be expected, most are Maldon Iron Works examples but there is a good selection of Stantons too.

The condition of the posts varies enormously but those at Felsted (one by Maldon Iron Works and the other two by Stanton) have been maintained to a very high standard.  Some refurbishment (mostly painting) has been carried out to many other posts in the district during 2003.  Unfortunately, with the exception of the Felsted examples and the one at High Roding, the traditional black and white banding has not been applied to the posts.

All images on this page by John V Nicholls, Brian Barrow (Membership Secretary of The Milestone Society),  Dr Jim Young, David Mansell and  Peter Brown.

CLICK ON THUMBNAIL FOR LARGER IMAGE

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Location:  Arkesden NGR: TL 4844 3430 Date: 
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:  Made by Maldon Iron Works with 3' 6" post, conical finial and three 10" arms.  This was Set No.6 of Order No. R/301 dated 28 July 1934. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut32.jpg (13511 bytes) Location:  Rickling Green NGR:  TL 5096 2978 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works
Details: Made by Maldon Iron Works, this was Set No.4 of Order No. R/301 dated 28 July 1934.  The 3' 6" post was originally topped with a conical finial. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut33a.jpg (21319 bytes) Location:  Rickling Green NGR:  TL 5095 2990 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  Made by Maldon Iron Works, this was Set No.3 of Order No. R/301 dated 28 July 1934.  The legend on the missing arm read " RICKLING CHURCH 1 / WICKEN 2  BERDEN 3 / CLAVERING 4  ARKESDEN 4"

This post was partially restored in 2003.  Click on thumbnail for before and after pictures.

Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut29.jpg (18241 bytes) Location:  Manuden NGR:  TL 4915 2671 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:  This is a well-used post.  Not only serving its original purpose, it also holds up a bus timetable, a local event notice and a board advertising bags of kindling.  Finial missing as are two 3 inch spacers.  In its favour is seems to be a one-off in that it is the only Maldon Iron Works post so far known that uses two  thirds in one of the mileages. Credit:  John V Nicholls

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Location:  High Easter NGR: TL 62041479 Date: 
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:  Two original arms in good condition with the third (to LEADEN RODING) being wooden.  Former black and white banding on the post under current white. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut34.jpg (37966 bytes) Location:  Saffron Walden NGR:  TL 5314 3786 Date:  
Maker:  Stanton
Details: With only one arm of three remaining, this Stantons of Derbyshire post is in a rather sorry state.   Even the annulus finial is incomplete. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut40a.jpg (17330 bytes) Location:  Clanverend Bridge, Wendens Ambo NGR:  TL 4965 3611 Date:  2002 (JVN) and 2003 (BB)
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  Maldon Iron Works example with conical finial.  One arm missing until refurbishment.  CLICK THUMBNAIL to see the post after refurbishment in 2003. Credit:  John V Nicholls and Brian Barrow
exut30.jpg (11046 bytes) Location:  Manuden NGR:  TL 4921 2600 Date:  2002
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:   Credit:  John V Nicholls

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Location:  Birchanger (Stansted) NGR: TL  5081 2451 Date: 
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:  Post only.  PARISH OF / BIRCHANGER on finial but now within Stansted.  Probably dates to 1927.

for picture of the post when it still had its arm.

Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut05.jpg (23021 bytes) Location: Birchanger NGR:  TL 5071 2431 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works
Details: Single wooden arm on this Maldon Iron Works example with TILE KILN LANE in letters nailed in position.  Semi-circular finial lettered PARISH OF / BIRCHANGER.  As originally ordered the post would have had a single 7 inch cast iron arm.  It was originally ordered 1 July 1927.  Observed as repainted may 2005. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut17.jpg (28412 bytes) Location:  Hatfield Broad Oak NGR:  TL 5575 1585 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  Made by Maldon Iron Works with stepped rectangular logos on two original arms.  Arm towards WHITE RODING is a replacement of thin sheet metal riveted to a frame.  Has been recently repainted. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut18.jpg (13769 bytes) Location:  Hatfield Broad Oak NGR:  TL  5325 1795 Date:  
Maker:  Stanton
Details:  The design and narrow halo finial suggests that this is an example by Stanton.  Cast National Trust sign additional and pointing to Hatfield Forest. Credit:  John V Nicholls

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Location:  Aythorpe Roding NGR: TL 5985 1542 Date: 
Maker: (Finial only) Maldon Iron Works
Details:  A modern wooden guidepost of a type seen throughout Essex.  Included here because it has a cast iron semicircular finial which is assumed to have been salvaged from a destroyed cast iron post in the parish. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut13.jpg (20689 bytes) Location:  Mole Hill Green, Felsted NGR:  TL 7119 2050 Date:  
Maker:  Stanton
Details: Well maintained Stanton Ironworks post in seemingly original condition. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut14.jpg (21608 bytes) Location:  Willows Green, Felsted NGR:  TL 7206 1978 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  Maldon Iron Works example.  Arm towards LEEZ PRIORY (pointing the wrong way in this picture) is a replacement with lettering painted on. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut03a.jpg (17501 bytes) Location:  Bentfield Green (Stansted Hamlet) NGR:  TL  5052 2546 Date:  2002 and August 2004
Maker:  Probably by Stanton
Details:  Believed to be by Stanton of Derbyshire.  Ornate finial.  Three wooden arms with fourth empty carrier.  Letters nailed on.  In 2002 two of the arms are  showing advanced stages of rot and required urgent attention.  Replacement arms fitted during refurbishment in 2004 but with square ends rather than the rounded ends which are a feature of Stanton posts.  Credit:  John V Nicholls

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Location:  Henham NGR:  TL 5462 2851 Date: 
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:  Parish plate (finial) missing but was the semicircular type.   3 X 10 inch arms each with three lines of text in 2 inch lettering.  This post was part of Order No. 2404 dated 6 February 1933. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut20.jpg (23695 bytes) Location: Henham NGR:  TL 5343 2882 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works
Details: Made by Maldon Iron Works.  Could this be the Ugliest fingerpost in Essex pointing to UGLEY CHEQUERS and UGLEY GREEN?  3 X 10 inch arms each with three lines of text in 2 inch lettering.  This post was part of Order No. 2404 dated 6 February 1933. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut43.jpg (28285 bytes) Location:  White Roding NGR:  NGR: TL 605 177 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  Formerly on the main road to Bishops Stortford, this signpost has been "bypassed". One original arm has been lost as can be ascertained by the gap by the lower arm.  The arm pointing to AYTHORPE RODING CHURCH is a wooden replacement.  Has a cap finial. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut24.jpg (28014 bytes) Location:  High Roding NGR:  TL 605 177 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:  Four arms with some destinations added and others deleted by over painting.  For example, TAKELEY was once TAKELEY STATION until the railway from Bishops Stortford to Braintree closed.  It has a semi-circular finial.  Made by Maldon Iron Works. Credit:  John V Nicholls

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Location:  Motts Green (near Leaden Roding) NGR:  TL 6129 1262 Date: 
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:   Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut22.jpg (14551 bytes) Location:  High Easter NGR:  TL 6180 1583 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut44.jpg (18683 bytes) Location:  High Easter NGR:  TL 6474 1575 Date:  26 March 2005
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Credit:  John V Nicholls
Details: 
exut07a.jpg (18262 bytes) Location:  Broxted (Suckstead Green) NGR:  TL 5856 2866 Date:  
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  By Maldon Iron Works with 3' 6" post and semicircular parish finial.  Three 10 arms.  The specification in the Order No.892 dated 26 June 1937 was for the lower legends to be in 4" letters.  The arm towards BROXTED is a replacement.  Click on the thumbnail for further details. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut38.jpg (18239 bytes) Location:  Tilty NGR:   TL 5994 2757 Date:  23 March 2005
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:   Credit:  John V Nicholls

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Location:   Langley Upper Green NGR: TL 4460 3511 Date: 2003
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:   Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut12-bb.jpg (23600 bytes) Location:  Elmdon NGR:  TL 4613 3962. Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:  Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut40a.jpg (17330 bytes) Location:  Wenden Lofts NGR:  TL 4601 3788 Date:  2003
Maker:  Stanton 
Details:  Manufactured by Stanton Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut41-bb.jpg (25173 bytes) Location:   Wenden Lofts NGR:  TL 4698 3800 Date:  2003
Maker:  Stanton
Details:  Manufactured by Stanton Credit:  Brian Barrow

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Location:  Catmere End NGR:  TL 4897 3948 Date: 2003
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:   Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut10-bb.jpg (19041 bytes) Location:  White Bridge, Chrishall NGR:  TL 4490 3833 Date:  2003
Maker:  Stanton
Details: Manufactured by Stanton, this post has been repainted in 2004.  The post is set low in the ground so the makers' mark cannot be seen.  However, all the characteristics of a Stanton product are in evidence.  One arm (towards Audley End and Saffron Walden) missing. Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut27-bb.jpg (20336 bytes) Location:  Langley Lower Green NGR:  TL437 344 Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  Made by Maldon Iron Works, this was Set No.1 of Order No. R/301 dated 28 July 1934.  The original arm had the legend "LANGLEY UPPER GREEN / ELMDON 4 / SAFFRON WALDEN 8" Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut09-bb.jpg (25072 bytes) Location:  Chrishall NGR:   TL 4460 3832 Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works?
Details:  This one is a bit of a mystery.  The conical finial suggests this is a Maldon Iron Works example but no makers' name appears on the three arms.  The post is not cast iron and does not have a taper.  The assumption is that the original post may have been broken and parts were then placed on the current post which is set into a concrete cube.  Repainted in 2004.  Credit:  Brian Barrow

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Location:  Langley NGR:  TL 4380 3442 Date: 2003
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Details:  A short post Maldon Iron Works example with conical finial.  One arm shows signs of a repair but otherwise all original. A repaint with original black and white banding on the post would make a nice local feature.  This was Set No.2 of Order No. R/301 dated 28 July 1934. Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut35-bb.jpg (90228 bytes) Location:  Saffron Walden NGR:  TL 5430 3866 Date:  2003
Maker:  
Details: An example if neglect, this post is by an unknown maker and maybe dating from the 1940s.. Credit:  Brian Barrow
exut15.jpg (38844 bytes) Location:  Felsted NGR:  TL 6749 2030 Date:  2003
Maker:  Stanton 
Details:  This well-maintained post has many features that seem to confirm it was a product of Stanton.  The finial plate may be a replacement as no other of this design is known. Credit:  Brian Barrow

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Location:  Great Canfield  NGR:  TL 571 204 Date: 2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:  Credit:  Peter Brown
exut16a.jpg (12884 bytes) Location:   Great Dunmow.  On B184 Chelmsford Road at junction with Station Road. NGR:  TL 8298 2161 Date:  
Maker:   Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:   Two complete arms and one broken short.  A fourth arm pointing to Dunmow Station was removed some time after the closure of the station.   Manufactured by Maldon Iron Works.  Unusual vertical name plate (GT DUNMOW) on the post.  Conical finial.  This arm has been reported as being on display in Dunmow Museum.  CLICK HERE to see Steve Daly's picture of the post when complete. Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut45.jpg (29626 bytes) Location:  Matching Road, Hatfield Heath NGR:  TL 5268 1420 Date: 3 April 2005
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details: 

Thanks to Frank Walsh for finding this one.

Credit:  John V Nicholls
exut48a-dm.jpg (24010 bytes) Location:  Bush End, Hatfield Forest NGR:   Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:  MIW with conical finial. Credit:  David Mansell

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Location:  Chrishall  NGR:  TL 4453 3940 Date: 2003
Maker: Stanton
Details:  Made by Stantons but with all arms seemingly replaced.  Click thumbnail for alternative image. Credit:  David Mansell
exut19a-jy.jpg (23188 bytes) Location:  Henham NGR:  TL 562 274 Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:   2 X 10 inch and 1 X 7 arms .This post was part of Order No. 2404 dated 6 February 1933.  All lettering is 2 inch except HAVERHILL which appears to be 4 inch.  Credit:  Jim Young
exut06-jy.jpg (25019 bytes) Location:  Broxted.  Broxted Old Vicarage (or rectory) junction on B1051 NGR:   TL 577 271 Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works.
Details:   Credit:  Jim Young
exut37a-dm.jpg (22726 bytes) Location:  Stebbing Green NGR:  TL 6790 2367 Date: 2003
Maker: Maldon Iron Works
Credit:  David Mansell
Details:  Maldon Iron Works post.  The semicircular finial has been broken off and two arms repaired.
exut36a-dm.jpg (17925 bytes) Location:  Stebbing (Bran End) NGR:  TL 6540 2529 Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details: Maldon Iron Works with semicircular finial. Credit:  David Mansell
exut28a-dm.jpg (25941 bytes) Location:  Lindsell NGR:  TL 6435 2698 Date:  2003
Maker:  Maldon Iron Works. 
Details:  MIW with conical finial. Credit:  David Mansell
exut39a-pb.jpg (29623 bytes) Location:  Cherry Green, Broxted NGR:  TL 573 293 Date:  2003 [PB] and [JVN]
Maker:  Stanton
Details: A single arm Stanton needing attention to support shaft.  This work was eventually done but the finial became broken.  CLICK THUMBNAIL for before and after pictures Credit:  Peter Brown and John V Nicholls
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